NURSE SUSPENDED FOR CALLING ELDERLY PATIENT FRANKENSTEIN

NURSE SUSPENDED FOR CALLING ELDERLY PATIENT FRANKENSTEIN

A care home manager has been suspended for four months for comparing an elderly patient to “Frankenstein or Lurch” and mimicking how he walked.

Rachel Ann Perry, a registered nurse, also made cruel comments about another pensioner, saying “Isn’t he just like Mickey Mouse”, before doing an impression of him.

She admitted taunting residents while working at the privately owned Aberry House Care Home, in Aylestone, Leicester, between April 2012 and August 2013.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council heard Perry also yelled, “I received a b******ing because of you lot”, in front of residents and colleagues.

Perry admitted a catalogue of failures, including not keeping up-to-date descriptions of a resident’s mental health needs, not initiating care plans quickly enough for some patients,
if at all, and not preparing weight monitoring programmes for patients unable to be weighed as they were bed bound.

Perry, who was not present at the hearing in London on Monday (25/4), admitted the allegations and was suspended for four months.

The panel judged her fitness to practise had been impaired by reason of her misconduct.

In the ruling, the panel said: “This case involves concerns regarding Mrs Perry’s failings over a sustained period of time, including issues concerning her attitude to colleagues and vulnerable patients; to take no further action would be manifestly inappropriate.

“Mrs Perry’s actions have brought the profession into disrepute and she has breached a fundamental tenant of the profession.

“Mrs Perry’s behaviour fell far short of what would have been expected of a registered nurse caring for vulnerable patient.”

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