A former Bupa nurse who injured a resident during a dispute over his tobacco allowance has been suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Janet Kirk, who has been dismissed by Bupa following the incident at the Crawfords Walk Care Home in Chester, was found guilty of misconduct and narrowly avoided being struck off, The Chester Chronicle reported.
A Bupa spokesman told Care Home Professional: “We investigated this incident and referred it to the NMC as soon as we became aware of it.
“We’re proud of the care our team provide for our residents at Crawfords Walk. Ms Kirk’s actions aren’t a reflection of the high standard of care we expect across all of our homes.”
The panel heard that the resident became agitated after Ms Kirk refused to hand over a daily ration of tobacco in May 2015.
The panel heard that the resident suffered a cut to his wrist after Ms Kirk blocked his way to a lounge by closing its doors.
Ms Kirk was also found to have contributed to inaccurate care plans entries at Oaklands Nursing Home in Littleton which is run by Conifers Care Homes, after being sacked by Bupa.
The NMC said: “In the panel’s judgement, Ms Kirk caused psychological distress and actual physical harm to Resident A and also put others in her care at unwarranted risk of harm by her misconduct.
“By not treating Resident A with kindness, respect and compassion, and by not respecting his dignity, she breached a fundamental tenet of the profession.
“It follows that her misconduct will have undermined public confidence in the profession, thereby bringing it into disrepute.”
Ms Kirk claimed she was suffering ill health and a personal bereavement at the time.