Zim Woman Struck off Nurses Register
A UK based Zimbabwean woman working as a nurse has been struck off the nurses register following investigations into the death of an elderly stroke victim who died after twice falling out of bed.
According to a report by a UK newspaper Shropshire post, Memory Gwiriri was working at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, when the 88-year-old man was found on the floor on March 7, 2011.
Instead of conducting a full assessment, Gwiriri simply put the patient under the covers, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
The NMC panel found that Gwiriri failed to conduct a risk assessment of the man, known as Patient A, after he fell from his bed.
It was also found that she failed to inform her next employers, Day Webster Group, that she was under investigation by the NMC and subject to an interim suspension order.
The panel also determined that she worked a shift at Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre on January 10 2013, and later lied about it to an NMC investigating committee.
She was cleared of several charges including failing to ensure the patient’s bedrails were configured properly and of not taking proper care of the man when she knew he was incontinent.
A further charge alleging that her actions contributed to the man’s death was also found not proved.
But her fitness to practise was found to be impaired by reason of misconduct and she was struck off.
In a written statement Gwiriri insisted that after 15 years of exemplary service her patients would miss her if struck off.
It read: “In all 15 years I have been a nurse I have never been accused of anything wrong. I am a competent nurse and the patients would miss me.”
Gwiriri was not present at the tribunal and legal assessor for the panel, Nigel Pascoe, said: “A nurse found to have acted dishonestly who does not appear before the panel to show remorse forfeits the small chance of persuading it to adopt a small degree of leniency.”
He continued: “There were times when just this nurse was facing responsibility for the patient in question, when others ought to have been taking responsibility too.
“But that does not amount to a foolproof defence in itself.
“It is up to you the panel to decide how far sharing responsibility might be a mitigating circumstance.”
The panel heard that at the time of the allegations Gwiriri was experiencing financial issues.
She claimed to be the primary income earner with three dependants, while she was also providing support for relatives in Zimbabwe
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