A FORMER nurse at Stafford Hospital who failed to identify a patient in her care suffered from diabetes, has been struck off.
A panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council announced their decision today after a hearing earlier in the year heard Ann King failed in her roles as senior staff nurse by not adequately reviewing a patient’s notes to establish they were an insulin-dependent diabetic, not carrying out blood sugar tests or ensuring they were carried out and failing to keep adequate records of the patient’s care.
King was also found to have failed in her duty to observe the administration of medication to the patient and dishonestly falsified medical records on a number of occasions signing to indicate they had been given medication when they had not as well as dishonestly informing colleagues she had changed patients’ dressings when she had not.
Another former nurse, Jeanette Coulson received a three-year caution after she was found guilty at the joint hearing in July of faiing in her role as ward manager by not adequately reviewing a patient’s notes to establish they were an insulin-dependent diabetic, not carrying out blood sugar tests or ensuring they were carried out and failing to keep adequate records of the patient’s care.
Coulson admitted at the July hearing she had used inappropriate language in relation to a care pathway proposed by a nurse and refused to admit a patient saying “she’s not coming back on this ward” and “get her off this ******* ward”.
Coulson admitted verbally abusing staff, occasionally within earshot of colleagues and members of the public, saying “you’re always ******* doing this; you're always ******* off sick”, “you had no ******* intention of being here today”, “I thought I ******* asked you for a sample”, “you better get a ******* form signed first”, “I’m not ******* signing that”, “I’ve had ******* enough of this” and “I haven’t even got a ******* job after this”.
The panel in July heard Coulson replaced a notice restricting times patients' relatives could speak to staff after its removal by a matron, failed to ensure medical records were completed accurately and regularly audited and failed in her duty to adequately coordinate or ensure the coordination of nursing care.
The hearing also found Coulson failed to follow the recommendations of Occupational Health by requesting a nurse work extra shifts.
Neither King or Coulson were present or represented at today’s adjudication.
Director of Nursing at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, Colin Ovington confirmed neither King or Coulson still worked at the trust.
"Jeanette Coulson left in August 2010, and Patricia King in August 2012," he said.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Gillian Astbury and we apologise for the appalling care Ms Astbury received at our hospital in April 2007.”