A ‘stressed-out’ hospice nurse who repeatedly got patients’ medication wrong - including dispensing a painkilling dose ten times too high - has been struck off.
Victoria Irene Pinder gave the patient 2.5mg of the drug in 2006, when it should have been 250 micrograms, a tenth of what she administered.
Working at Peterboroughs' Thorpe Hall Hospice in 2010, she had also given the wrong drugs to a patient.
Conditions were imposed on her practicing in 2012 after her fitness to practice was found to be ‘impaired’.
But after a review by the NMC committee, she has now been struck off the nursing register by a new panel.
‘The panel determined that, in all the circumstances, the only sanction that would be proportionate and appropriate to protect the public interest is a striking off order,’ it said in its decision.
Panel members said Miss Pinder’s actions had put her patients at ‘unwarranted risk of harm’.
In March 2010, she inappropriately administered the wrong type of painkiller to a patient and incorrectly checked a drug a colleague was administering.
And in September of that year, she gave a patient a 10mg ‘crisis dose’ of sedative, when the patient needed only the ‘as required’ 2.5mg dose.
The panel said Miss Pinder did not contest her striking off, having decided to end her career of her own free will.
Source: Court News Services
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