Zuriati Goode worked as a registered nurse at a hospital. Over a number of years, Ms Goode engaged in conduct whilst on duty at the hospital, which included sleeping whilst on duty, not correctly recording patient's charts and not properly managing the supply and administration of certain drugs.

As a result of this, the Health Care Complaints Commission commenced disciplinary proceedings against Ms Goode's before the Civil and Administrative Tribunal of New South Wales.

Background Facts

In 2004, Ms Goode commenced work at the Easter Suburbs Private Hospital. Between 1 July 2012 and 15 March 2015, Ms Goode slept for several hours whilst on duty and did not accurately record patients' observations. On these occasions, she was the only registered nurse on duty. The Tribunal heard that Ms Goode did not appropriately store and manage the supply and administration of Schedule 8 drugs (drugs of addiction). The Tribunal also heard that on multiple occasions during this period, Ms Goode completed records of patients' observations around the beginning of her shift which were false in that she recorded events for patients before the time that they were supposed to have happened.

In March 2015, an investigation into the conduct of Ms Goode was commenced by the Director of Nursing at the Hospital. In the course of this investigation, Ms Goode resigned from her position at the Hospital. On 2 April 2015, the Director of Nursing notified the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). As a result, conditions were placed on Ms Goode's registration. These conditions required her to practice under supervision of a registered Nurse and prohibited her from doing night shifts.

The Commission initiated proceedings against Ms Goode before the Tribunal seeking disciplinary findings on the ground that Ms Goode was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. Ms Goode did not attend the hearing. She did not file any response nor did she correspond with the Tribunal regarding the proceedings. At the time of the hearing, she did not have a current registration. The expert who made submissions at the hearing was strongly critical of the conduct of Ms Goode, pointing out that it was in breach of the code of conduct for nurses in Australia.

Findings

The Tribunal found that Ms Goode's conduct fell significantly below the standard reasonably expected of a practitioner of equivalent training and experience. It also found that her conduct was 'improper and unethical'. Her conduct was held to be of sufficient seriousness to amount to professional misconduct. The Tribunal held that had she still been registered, it would have cancelled her registration. She was disqualified from being registered as a nurse for a period of 2 years and ordered to pay the costs of the Commission.