Nurse accused of punishing elderly patient who wet herself (UK)

  1. 3 Nurse 'shouted at elderly woman and stripped her naked in full view of other patients because she'd wet herself'
    Source: Daily Mail
    A hospital nurse shouted at an elderly woman and stripped her naked in front of other patients, a hearing has been told.

    Memory Musekiwa is accused of pushing the pensioner, who had wet herself, onto a commode in full view and then refusing to wash her.

    If she is found guilty of the 'brutal' behaviour, the 35-year-old could be struck off the nursing register.

    The patient, who was in her late seventies, 'cried and cried' following the incident at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.

    She cannot be named and during the hearing was referred to only as Patient A.

    Musekiwa, from Walsall, West Midlands, shouted, removed the woman's nightdress and then left her with no curtain around her, said Salim Hafejee for the NMC.

    'She then pushed Patient A on to a commode and told her to stay there while she went to get a mop,' he told the
    panel.

    'When Patient A asked to be washed, she refused and put a clean nightdress on her.'

    He added: 'She failed to appropriately deal with a patient who found herself in a situation where she could not help herself. She did not protect this patient's dignity.'

    Fellow patient Julie Owen sobbed as she told the misconduct panel that she had been woken by the elderly woman asking for help that night, before hearing the nurse telling the patient off.

    'Then she took Patient A's nightdress and underwear off and left her standing there while she went to fetch a mop and bucket,' she said.

    'At no point were the curtains put around her. Her dignity was completely stripped. There was no delicacy. No bowl was brought to wash Patient A with.

    'There was no cleanliness. She had wet herself and the nurse was putting clean clothes on an unclean body. I clearly heard Patient A say to her "don't be so brutal".

    'After the nurse had gone Patient A just sat on her bed and cried and cried.'

    Musekiwa was reported to the NMC after Miss Owen made a complaint at the hospital in Worcester the next day.

    The nurse is accused of shouting at the elderly woman, failing to promote her dignity, pushing her on to a commode and refusing to wash her.

    She admits stripping the patient naked without closing the curtains around her in the early hours of November 12 2007, but denies the other charges against her.
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  3. Visit  Batman24 profile page
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    If true she deserves the to be stripped of her license. That's abuse.
    medicmama921, dhinson45, BigBee48, and 8 others like this.
  4. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    Things like this make me sick.
    medicmama921, dhinson45, BigBee48, and 4 others like this.
  5. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    my adolescent reaction would be to meet her in a back alley.:angryfire

    leslie
  6. Visit  donsterRN profile page
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    If this is true, that nurse should be punished severely. That behavior and the treatment of that poor elderly woman are despicable.
  7. Visit  WDWpixieRN profile page
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    So unbelievably sad. I understand being frustrated and tired and overworked, but this nurse needed to find a new career and long ago.

    I worked with a tech in a hospital who treated patients shabbily -- borderline reportable. I got off this floor before her behavior caused ME to lose my license. Neglect, ignorance of any requests I made of her, etc.

    I don't understand why someone would stay in a job where they are so miserable...
    medicmama921 likes this.
  8. Visit  stim3jt profile page
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    This nurse truly gives all the good nurses a bad name. No wonder people don't trust the medical field. This is soooo sad. I am not an adolescent and I would like to go beat her up in front of the hospital. I also find it hard to believe that this is her first time of being abusive to the elderly and shame on any others that may have known about it and did not report it. This employee I hope has lost her license for good or at least ordered to have anger management and some therapy.:angryfire
    medicmama921 likes this.
  9. Visit  CityKat profile page
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    That's awful. If true, she should be stripped of her license.
    medicmama921 and dhinson45 like this.
  10. Visit  Elvish profile page
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    One day that nurse will be elderly and perhaps in a nursing home. And you know what they say about karma....
    Triple A's, medicmama921, dhinson45, and 5 others like this.
  11. Visit  blue note profile page
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    She has reportedly been struck off, and rightly so!

    More details about her abuse:
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard that Memory Musekiwa, 35, of Walsall, shouted at the weeping pensioner who had wet herself while she was being treated at Worcester Royal Hospital.

    Musekiwa allegedly yelled at the pensioner: "I give you a buzzer and you wet all over the floor, now I've got to clean this mess up." She stripped her naked in front of other patients, a hearing has been told.

    He added: 'She failed to appropriately deal with a patient who found herself in a situation where she could not help herself. She did not protect this patient's dignity.'

    Fellow patient Julie Owen sobbed as she told the misconduct panel that she had been woken by the elderly woman asking for help that night, before hearing the nurse telling the patient off.

    Musekiwa was reported to the NMC after Miss Owen made a complaint at the hospital in Worcester the next day.

    The nurse is accused of shouting at the elderly woman, failing to promote her dignity, pushing her on to a commode and refusing to wash her.

    She admits stripping the patient naked without closing the curtains around her in the early hours of November 12 2007, but denies the other charges against her.

    Musekiwa said she was disappointed details of the hearing had leaked to the media after the NMC promised her no journalists would be allowed in the hearings. She denied any wrong-doing but declined an offer to give her side of the story.

    "Those who know me, and I wish you did, know that I am not like that. But there is really no point in me trying to put my side of the story out there. People will believe what they want to believe," she said.

    She can appeal against the ruling.
    talaxandra likes this.
  12. Visit  TemperanceRN profile page
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    And that just goes to show you that she did exactly what she was accused of. If I had done nothing wrong, I would share my side of the story with my accusers and let them think what they want. As long as I had my say it wouldn't matter any more what they chose to think. This woman put herself and her license to shame and now its been taken away.
  13. Visit  CanuckStudent profile page
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    Disgusting. How can people do this? I would have slapped her silly, and I make no apologies....
  14. Visit  Cyndi_1985 profile page
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    Well, This is what I have to say about this: In NO WAY am I condoning this abuse,, but DO have a real problem with the fact that as Charge Nurse on the floor of a facility, I actually had a CNA verbally {if anyone has read my post to this} tear a patient down, screamed at her, humiliated her, had her uncontrollably crying, {and the CNA in the room with this CNA that was abusing this patient could not even calm her mouth down,so there was a witness to this beside myself} The abusive CNA wouldn't stop until she physically threw the patient into bed, and left her lying there crying. I was passing meds in the hall {4 doors down} and heard it all. I immediately called the Nurse working upstairs, explained to her what happened , and she said we had to call the ADON @ home,and report the abuse, or my and her license would be on the line. Heck with that! I called the ADON at home,, oh yes she told me to send the CNA home, she was suspended "WITH" pay for 3 days, let back to work at the facility, and the first night she came back, was once again was put to work under me as the Nurse in Charge,that night she left an incontinent patient in the hall in a lounge chair "all night" soaken wet, {never checked him or turned and repositoned him Q 2hours}after me repeatedly asking her to please put this man to bed, she told me "NO" he is sleeping and I am not getting him up,,{ I would have put him to been myself, but he was a very large 2 assist man who had just come back from the Pysh ward and was very combative} she shut all the hall lights off on me while I was passing my 8pm med pass,left me in a dark hall, and ran outside laughing,, she had and a CNA {that was her best friend} from the second floor coming down to our floor and they were running outside smoking all night {without my permission} just walked out without telling me, leaving me on the floor to take care of patients, pass meds, do Tube feedings,paper work, calling the hospital because I had a patient running a high temp with a left lobe infiltrate, and at one point in the night while I was in the patients room who had just been diagnosed with pnuemonia taking his vitals, puls-ox, giving him cool baths to bring his temp down, checking his 02 tank,etc,, {the CNA from upstairs, and the CNA I had just reported for abuse came in the man's room whom I was taking care of with pnuemonia {they knew I was in there} they both walked over to his room mates bed {who by the way had MRSA in a wound, and his urine} the CNA from upstairs who had no business on my floor,, jumped up on the top of the the man's bed with the MRSA and told him she would repostion him that way.What an idiot! This is all abuse!!!! #1, I KNOW they were doing all this to get to me because they knew nothing had been done when I reported the first abuse case{ as in "we will show you who is the boss , we can do anything and they don't do a thing to us"} #2,I knew I had to focus on my care as a Nurse, and also knew it obviously was not going to do any good to call the ADON again,} I dreaded my next day back at work, but decided, well, maybe just maybe I should go in to work early {we worked the 6p-6a shift, so we never saw the ADON or the DONA as they had already left when we came into work} well, the next day I was scheduled to work{ SURPRISE} the DONA called me @ home and asked me if I could come to in @ 1pm to talk to her, I said "as a matter of fact I was going to come in early anyway to see you today", she asked me why, so I explained to her what I went through the last day I had worked, and her response was "well you will be able to tell your side of the story when you come in" When I arrived to work @ 1pm ,, the ADON and the DON asked me to come in a conference room, when I sat down they told me I was not working out there and they were letting me go. I asked them why, and they said "it has been reported to us you don't pass your 8pm meds until midnight, and we can't have that" I immediately was so dumb founded I said " where did you hear that,, that is NOT TRUE" they said "never mind where we heard it, hand over your badge and keys, and do not ever come on these premises again" So,, I called The State Board of Nursing, and they told me they could not believe what was happening, and that I needed to call The Health Dept, and obtain an Attorney. Well,, I can never get anything but automated voices when I call the Health Dept., I obtained legal advice for being terminated unjustified,, and the Attorney siad I had no proof they were terminating me for turning this CNA in for abuse, and that they kept her,and fired me instead, and I also had no proof showing my meds were not given at 8pm, and not 12 midnight, as they accused me of. He said what he could do for me was for $500.00 make then turn my record around that I quit there, and was not terminated, and that was all.{Where would I get $500.00 with no job} Well, I have not felt I could use them for a reference, I had been out of Nursing for a few years prior to this job to stay home and raise my girls,,but didn't forget a one of my Nursing skills,,as a matter of fact the place that fired me only oriented me for 4 days, and let me on the loose,,,, so now every interview I have been on they tell me they can't hire a Nurse that has been out of the work force for that long, I can not find a job anywhere, I am going through a divorce, I was terminated for turning in abuse, and I am being cut down for staying home a few years to raise my children, the Attorney said by law I have to use them for a reference because when it asks where you were last employed you can not lie, per the bottom of the application says if you have not told the truth you can be fined. Well, I QUIT Nursing, I was a Nurse for over 15 years with steady good employment in the State of New York,, never was fired from a job, never was dis- respected, I worked in hospitals {The VA} included,{there is no VA hospital where I live, only 150 miles away so going bck there is not an option}}I worked @ Nursing homes, for a Surgeon, I am a Certified crisis counselor, I also obtain a certification for working on vents,and I have been treated like an animal in the State I had to move to from New York since I decided I was going to return back to Nursing. It is Southern Indiana,, I was even told "you don't mess with CNA's here because they will hurt you in every way they can" so as far as being a Nurse here I don't see that happening,,{my girls won't move because they are in High school now and soon to graduate} even home care places I have called have said "you need at least 1 year RECENT experience" Oh sure, I could tell them the trouble I had , and that I was fired because I turned in a CNA that abused a patient,, but how really is anyone going to look at that? They are going to Question why I was the one fired, must be I was the bad Nurse etc,,the whistle-blower, I was suppose to turn my head? the hell with Nursing,, #1. You can't take some time off and raise your children, then re -enter the work force? #2. You are suppose to be a Charge Nurse and let your CNA's abuse patients, walk all over you, and be "YOUR" boss?" You are suppose to work for a facility that condones abuse??? I don't think so. I don't even know the next step to take, I am depressed, I cry all the time, I don't know how I am going to support my girls, I look like and feel like a failure, Nursing stinks, and I would never suggest anyone to become a Nurse, they don't want to give a Nurse a chance to come back into their profession? OH, and NO there is NO where here that offers refresher course so I could say "oh yes, I stayed home a few years to raise my kids, but I did take a refresher course"Also the Welfare sysytem here stinks, so forget that! I am glad they are reprimanding the Nurse who abused the patient, she doesn't deserve to take care of anyone,, but I wonder why a DON and a ADON, can condone abuse,, and still keep their license????????? I have traveled in the last 3 weeks looking for jobs wasting gas with money I don't have,, 50 miles from my home,looking for jobs, and seeing an Attorney, I have made phone calls to no end, and I keep hitting brick walls. Seems it all wants to be shoved under the rug. Also I will add I live in a very small town where everyone has lived here all their life, and there are NO other facilities around to work at, unless you drive {as I said at least 50 miles} also,, one BIGGY!!!!! The place that fired me,, how could I have forgot to mention this???? They were investigated 2 years ago from not firing a CNA that took a patient in the shower, stripped him down nude, and took pics of him from his cell phone and circulated them all over. He was not fired either until someone from the outside of the facility found out,, and called the Health Dept, and they were investigated. Gee, I wonder how this person even got through to The Health Dept?: I have tried at least 3 x a day for 2 weeks to call them, and report this, and as I said keep getting automated messages,, and after pressing 5 buttons the automated message says "if you know of an abuse case leave your name and number and we will return your call" but they say you can remain anonymous???? OKAY! Nursing sucks! I wasted 25 yaers of my life for this? Graduated with a 4.0 PAID for Nursing school,, no free funding,,, I should have been a cleaning lady,!:angryfire I really don't want this to sound as though I am ANGRY,,, I am HURT, and I do not know where to go from here!!!!!! Maybe Wal-mart!
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