Nurses struck off register after probe

Two nurses have been struck off the register of nurses as the results of investigations by the Fitness to Practise Committee of the nursing regulatory body, An Bord Altranais.

The nursing board released details of the two cases as well as three further findings of professional misconduct against other nurses, which led to lesser punishments.

Marylou Leal Chenilla, a registered nurse, was found guilty of professional misconduct on seven counts over her treatment of a patient at an unnamed hospital in December 2008.

An Bord Altranais’s Fitness to Practise Committee found Ms Chenilla had inappropriately used the wrong type of thermometer in taking the patient’s temperature, which resulted in the patient suffering bleeding and a traumatic perforation of the eardrum.

The regulatory body found Ms Chenilla had failed to demonstrate an adequate level of competent nursing practice.

Another nurse, Teresita Cantillon, also had her name erased from the Register of Nurses after an inquiry found she had ordered drugs from hospital supplies for her own use.

Ms Cantillon was found guilty of professional misconduct for obtaining the drugs without authority or consent on a number of occasions between 2002 and 2008 while working at an unnamed hospital.

Among the drugs obtained which she had self-administered while on duty were well-known painkillers and sedatives, including Hypnoval, Tramadol and Cyclizine.

Allegations proven against Ms Cantillon included one that she remained on duty while unfit for work on June 7, 2008, as well as trying to persuade colleagues the following day not to inform the hospital authorities about her condition.

Another nurse, Rhona O’Connor, was advised about her conduct after being found guilty of misappropriating and self-administering Tramadol on one or more occasions while working at a hospital between 2008 and 2010.

In other findings, a nurse, Aleksandra Nyga-Kadoury was censured and conditions attached to her remaining on the Register of Nurses after she was found guilty of professional misconduct on a number of grounds, including the administration of medication to hospital patients which had not been prescribed.

Conditions were also attached to the continuing work of Bessy Varghese as a nurse after it was ruled she had administered a drug to control diarrhoea to four patients which had not been prescribed at a nursing home. It was also found that she had failed to provide adequate care to a male patient whose condition was deteriorating at the same nursing home in March 2008.

An Bord Altranais said a study of 115 Fitness to Practise Inquiries between 2006 and 2010 revealed that one-third of all cases were related to clinical practice or competence.

The board said the reluctance of some nurses, who were the subject of a complaint, to acknowledge their limitations combined with attempts to conceal poor practice had compounded the seriousness of somecases.


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