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5 YEARS: Bushey care home nurse struck off after panel finds her guilty of numerous charges 

 Published on: 16th June 2021   |   By: Dean Shaw   |   Category: Uncategorized

A nurse who worked at a Bushey care home has been struck off after she lied about performing CPR on a dying resident. 

Rosaline Appice, who worked at Kestrel Grove Residential and Nursing Home, has been taken off the nursing resister after a hearing in May. 

At the four-day hearing, where Ms Appice was not present and not represented, a panel heard a number of charges against Ms Appice.

One related to the death of a resident who was found “cold and pale” while Ms Appice was on night shift.

It was the home’s policy to call an ambulance in those circumstances but Ms Appice didn’t before telling another nurse that “there wasn’t enough time to call an ambulance anyway”.

However, Ms Appice incorrectly believed the resident was ‘do not resuscitate’ before falsely claiming she did attempt CPR, in an attempt to cover her tracks. 

To compound that error Ms Appice then called the family of a resident with the same last name as that of the person that died and mistakenly informed them their relative was “deteriorating”.

It was then found that she did not correct that error in a timely manner. 

Another charge related to an allegation of failing to report inappropriate sexual behaviour.

The panel heard that Ms Appice was told by a carer that a male resident had touched a female resident in a sexual way.

She failed to report it or inform colleagues. 

Subsequently no safeguarding measures were put in place and a month later a similar incident occurred, which could have been avoided.

The panel heard live evidence from six witnesses called on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). 

Witnesses included five staff members at Kestrel Grove, a staff nurse, night care assistant, registered nurse, acting matron and care home manager. The sixth witness was a team manager (social worker) for Hertfordshire County Council’s adult care services.

All charges were found “proven” by the panel. 

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