Nurse cleared by misconduct panel - UK

  1. A CARDIAC nurse who left a heart attack patient to die alone and used the wrong syringe on a woman can keep her job after a misconduct panel put her mistakes down to a "lack of judgment".

    Anitha Kuttappan, 42, admitted leaving "Patient A" waiting for a scan at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital in January 2006. The 43-year-old man died hours later after repeated attempts to resuscitate him failed, the Nursing and Midwifery Council was told.

    Kuttappan also used the wrong syringe on patient B, 41, at the same hospital on July 12, 2006. It was claimed the blunder risked exposing the woman to infection by removing it for 10 minutes without placing a sterile cap on the surgically implanted line into her body.

    The nurse, who has 15 years' nursing experience, admitted a series of charges in a long-running NMC case.

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  3. by   XB9S
    Here is a link to the nursing and midwifery councils decisions

    http://www.nmc-uk.org/aDisplayDocume...ocumentID=5417


  4. by   LiverpoolJane
    It seems this nurse had not had adquate prectorship and I can't help feeling sorry for her. I have preceptored Indian nurses and in my experience I have found them highly skilled but there are differences in roles of RNs in India and the UK. It seems she was employed first as a HCA in a nursing home and was not given any the right support or exposed to the situations that would allow her to hone her RN skills,
    I remember my experience as a new Ward Manager and returning to the NHS after a 5 year break. At the same time I started an Indian nurse started who had been employed on a night contract. I was led to believe she had been through her preceptorship within the same hospital so after three weeks orientation to the ward she was on permanent nights. Soon after there were reports that things were being missed etc and after sitting down and talking to her I realised she had gone through her preceptorship at a nursing home and not in the acute setting at all. Thankfully she was supported and was soon up to speed is an excellent nurse - I also learned a valuable lesson and had to except that I should have handled things better from the start.
    This must have been an awful experience for her and I hope she is able to get through it with support and move on.
  5. by   pantheon7
    In my opinion the key to nursing is besides intelligence, common sense. If you lack common sense you will NEVER make it. It's a must. This nurse clearly did not have it. I have started to become aware of the medical care in Australia as my fiance is a citizen there. Some of the doctor and nurse tactics are atrocious. He is originally from the UK and has said the care over there is much better so hopefully this nurse is a rare breed.

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