Nurse who failed to acknowledge the limitations of her practice

March 2004
British Journal of Nursing;3/11/2004, Vol. 13 Issue 5, p241
Academic Journal
Nurse A came to Great Britain to develop her career and help with the acute nursing shortage. She had worked in several British nursing homes and had completed a course to fulfil the requirements for registration with the British Nursing and Midwifery Council. The Elms Nursing Home had over 70 patients with a variety of nursing and medical problems. Despite receiving training and supervision Nurse A seemed to be unable to carry out a drugs round. A healthcare assistant reported that Nurse A would tick the medication chart to say that she had given a drug before it had been administered. She would also administer some drugs to the wrong patients. The healthcare assistants were good at covering up and ensuring that the tablets got to the correct patient. Concerns were also raised about a patient's catheter and bladder washout.


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