03 Dec 2019
A tribunal has disqualified a former registered nurse from applying for registration for six months after she admitted making false declarations in registration renewal applications.
In June 2017 and May 2018, when renewing her registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), Ms Natalie Hasler declared that she met the Recency of practice registration standard, when she ought to have known this to be false. Ms Hasler had not practised as a nurse since January 2012.
In March 2019 the NMBA referred Ms Hasler to the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (the tribunal) in relation to the false declarations.
In June 2019, Ms Hasler made an application to the NMBA for non-practising registration, in which she made declarations that her registration had never been subject to conditions, undertakings or limitations and that she was not, and had not been, the subject of conduct, performance or health proceedings. Ms Hasler should have known these declarations were false. Ms Hasler’s application for non-practising registration was not granted.
On 3 December 2019, the tribunal found that Ms Hasler had engaged in professional misconduct and ordered that she be reprimanded and disqualified from applying for registration for a period of six months.
The decision is available on the E-courts portal of Western Australia.