Nurse failed to do basic check

By Harriet Ernstsons Thursday 17 April 2014 Updated: 18/04 08:16

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A SENIOR nurse who failed to conduct a basic check on a seriously ill patient brought the profession into disrepute, a panel has found.

Jacqueline Ann Charman was investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after admitting she did not take two blood glucose readings for diabetic Margaret Pitt, who died in 2010 just days after the incident.

The junior sister at the Alexandra Hospital also admitted she had not offered a bedtime snack to Mrs Pitt, whose husband David was awarded an undisclosed sum from Worcestershire Acute NHS Hospitals Trust following his wife’s inquest.

But two further charges, which alleged Miss Charman had told a colleague she had taken a reading and she had acted dishonestly by verbally handing over false information, were not proved.

Miss Charman was handed a caution order for five years, which means any potential employer must be informed of the ruling, but indicated at the hearing she considered herself retired after being dismissed with immediate effect at a disciplinary hearing held by the Trust in July 2011.

Colleagues told the panel she was ‘reliable, honest and a good member of staff’ at the hearing - which was her first Nursing and Midwifery Council referral in her 37-year career.

A report recently published by the panel said: “You have displayed some insight into your failings and shown genuine remorse, as well as making early admissions, you have actively engaged with your regulator.

“The panel also heard that you have maintained an interest in the management of diabetes via online research.”

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