A nurse has been found guilty of professional misconduct for falsifying timesheets and claiming allowances she was not entitled to. The Tribunal had no hesitation in finding that "the established deceitful and dishonest conduct over a period of six months undoubtedly constitutes malpractice and the bringing of discredit to the nursing profession... Although it is surprising that the misconduct was not detected sooner (since some of the time claimed was for periods when [the nurse] was either taking annual leave or was on sick leave) any failure to detect on the part of others does not exonerate [the nurse] who must bear full responsibility in the professional sphere for the dishonest conduct involved". The nurse was suspended for 9 months, censured, and had a number of conditions imposed which will apply following her return to practice. The Tribunal considered that the outcomes ordered would give the nurse "a second chance", and advised the nurse that she could not expect an outcome as supportive should any further matters come before the Tribunal. Ms Fiu (418/Nur11/188P).
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Nurse's falsified timesheets results in suspension
- Buddle Findlay
- New Zealand
- December 13 2011
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