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Nurse accused of breach of conduct and duty

by Medindia Content Team on February 16, 2006 at 8:35 PM
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Nurse accused of breach of conduct and duty

Christine Mitchelson, 53, working at the Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary was accused of posing a continuing risk to patients. She hailed from Denton Burn, Newcastle.

She was struck off the nursing register after the 12 allegations against her were all proved. A hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council took this action. She said that she was too ill to attend the hearing.

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She was accused of drawing a face on a patient's hernia, making racist remarks about Filipino nurses and for putting a patient's glass eye into a cup of cola as a joke. All the allegations were made during the time period between late 2001 and early 2004.

All her actions came to light in February 2004 when Denise Lake a healthcare assistant made a complaint about Mitchelson.

The council's conduct and competence committee chairman Val Morrison said that she would undermine public confidence and trust in the profession.
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She was accused of compromising the dignity of her patients and incorrectly administering drugs. She was also said to have man handled five patients by pushing them on to a bed or chair and in one case slapping one patient on the head.

She was also blamed for being dishonest in recording temperature and blood pressure readings on patients' charts.
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