Wednesday 16 October 2019

Manager sacked over photos of resident's buttocks


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Gordon Deegan

A nursing home sacked a clinical nurse manager after she allegedly set up a Facebook account on which images were posted of a resident's buttocks and of a deceased resident laid out in her bed in preparation for her funeral.

The nursing home sacked the nurse manager in November 2018 for gross misconduct and the nurse manager has now failed in an unfair dismissal action against the sacking at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

WRC adjudication officer Niamh O'Carroll Kelly found that the entire disciplinary process "was fair, thorough and transparent". No parties are named in the case.

The nursing home told the WRC of the conduct of the nurse manager which gave rise to her dismissal and outlined how she made derogatory comments about residents, colleagues and the management team.

The nurse manager, who commenced work at the nursing home in July 2017, argued that the sanction to dismiss was disproportionate and that her right to fair procedures was breached.

At the nursing home investigation meeting, she denied setting up the Facebook page. It was claimed that originally the page was set up so staff could communicate with each other in relation to schedules or for helpful tips about care management.

The nurse manager later admitted to posting on the site.

Irish Independent

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