Nurse struck off for putting residents at risk of harm

 

A former care home nurse has been struck off for placing residents at risk of harm.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) took the action against Jane Baxter following incidents at Scarborough Court Care Home in Cramlington, Northumberland, the Chronicle reported.

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Baxter was accused of failing to document or report two separate serious incidents at the home, which is run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI).

In the first incident, in October 2015, a woman living with dementia had been found with an emergency bell cord around her neck saying she wanted to die.

The NMC heard that Ms Baxter had tried to comfort the woman and give her a paracetamol for a headache but had failed to take further action.

In the second incident, in the same month, Ms Baxter was told a man at the home had suffered a head injury following a fall.

She was accused of not calling a GP or an ambulance, or documenting her actions or checking the medication the man had been taking.

Ms Baxter was suspended from the home in the same month.

An RMBI spokesperson said: “The RMBI was alerted to allegations of inappropriate behaviour in respect of a registered general nurse at the Scarborough Court in Northumberland in October 2015.

“The nurse was suspended immediately from duty and the relevant regulatory authorities were informed.

“The allegations were fully investigated and as a consequence of our findings and due process, employment was terminated by the RMBI in February 2016.

“The RMBI takes its responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable adults very seriously, not only for those in its immediate care but across the sector as a whole.”

 

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