14 Jul 2016
A tribunal has reprimanded a nurse and placed conditions on her registration after finding she engaged in professional misconduct.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) has reprimanded Ruth Nyuk Joon Fields (previously known as Ruth Welling) and imposed conditions on her registration after it found she had engaged in professional misconduct while employed as Executive Director of AdventCare, an aged care organisation based in Victoria.
The tribunal ordered Mrs Fields to undertake education and mentoring, and restricted her dealings with patient finances. Mrs Field was also ordered not to have any contact with clients for six months, except in cases of emergencies.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) referred Mrs Fields to the tribunal after receiving a notification from her employer in 2013.
The professional misconduct admitted to by Mrs Fields, included:
The tribunal found that Mrs Fields engaged in professional misconduct as defined in paragraphs (a) and (b) of Section 5 of the National Law1.
The reasons for the tribunal’s decision are published on the AustLII website.
1The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in place in each state and territory (the National Law).