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Thieving nurse returns to work

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A nurse who stole vaccinations and then asked a colleague to inject her will be allowed to return to work after a one-year suspension.

A panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard that April Miller, a former practice nurse at the Regent House Surgery in Chorley, self-adminstred the vaccinations after a health care assistant refused to help.

In a hearing held last year she also admitted telling another member of the staff that the vaccinations were from a private prescription.

Also, the panel proved that in July 2010 she administered a Typhoid vaccination in place of a Hepatitis vaccination to a patient and then deleted records of that administration.

The charges were related to her employment at the surgery between May 2007 and August 2010, and she was struck off for a year, a period due to expire on June 14, 2014.

Last week, an NMC panel reconvenied to discuss Mrs Miller’s case, and they decided that after the June 14, she could practice as a registered nurse, but must obey eight conditions.

A report states: “You have provided further reflection in relation to the dishonesty charges, as well as embarked on retraining the areas of record keeping and medications administration.”

The panel said they were satisfied that Mrs Miller “demonstrated insight and remorse” into her dishonesty.

They decided decided to impose a conditions of practice order. The conditions for Mrs Miller include:

Notifying the NMC within seven days of any nursing or midwifery appointment and provide details of the employer or course leader

Informing the NMC of any professinal investigation started against her within seven days of receiving notice.

She must work with her line manager to formulate a Personal Development Plan to address the deficiencies in the areas of record keeping and medicines management.

She must meet with her line manager at least every month to discuss the standard of her performance

Until deemed competent to do so by her line manager, she must not carry out administration of medication unless under direct supervision of the line manager or their deputy

She must provide a report from her line manager or their deputy setting out the progress on her Personal Development Plan bedore any NMC hearing or meeting

She must inform the prospective employers, agencies and education establishments of these conditions.

A spokesman for the NMC said: “We are not a punitive organisation, we don’t look to punish, but we will taken action when it is needed.”

 

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