14 Mar 2017
A tribunal has reprimanded an enrolled nurse (EN) and placed conditions on her registration after it found she engaged in professional misconduct relating to failures to administer medication.
The State Administrative Tribunal (the tribunal) in Western Australia found that Ms Camille Faith Els behaved in a way that constituted professional misconduct, after she admitted to several failures to practise in accordance with the Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses.
On 21 March 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) received a notification alleging that Ms Els inappropriately discarded patients’ medications into a bin and then falsified the patients’ medications charts by signing the medications as given, in circumstances where she had not administered the medications. On 9 September 2016, the NMBA referred the matter to the tribunal.
At an early stage Ms Els admitted that she had:
Ms Els admitted professional misconduct and, by way of mitigation, submitted that:
On 25 January 2017, the Tribunal ordered that Ms Els had behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct, and ordered:
The decision has been published on the State Administrative Tribunal website.