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Nurse axed for record keeping error

13 May, 2008  

A British nurse has been struck off the register for his poor record keeping standards while administering drugs.

The decision was made by the Conduct and Competence Committee panel for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which found Joseph Williams’s fitness to practise was impaired.

Mr Williams, 34, from Cambridge, was employed by Allied Healthcare as an agency nurse at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Ely in October 2005 when he was charged with several counts of poor record keeping.

The independent panel was told he administered temazepam to the wrong patient and then recorded the dose in the incorrect record book.

He was also charged with failing to make chronological and correct records of patient doses and administration dates, failing to take charge of tablets of the antidepressant drug Effexor (venlafaxine) that were found on the floor and failing to complete an incident report form.

Due to the serious nature of errors in relation to recording and administering controlled drugs and considering the incidents all occurred in a single shift, the panel concluded Mr Williams’s misconduct and his failure to show any remorse or insight to his actions was fundamentally incompatible with remaining on the register.

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