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

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    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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    If true she deserves the to be stripped of her license. That's abuse.
    medicmama921, dhinson45, BigBee48, and 8 others like this.
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    Things like this make me sick.
    medicmama921, dhinson45, BigBee48, and 4 others like this.
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    my adolescent reaction would be to meet her in a back alley.:angryfire

    leslie
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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.
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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.
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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
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    That's awful. If true, she should be stripped of her license.
    medicmama921 and dhinson45 like this.
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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.
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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.
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