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Matron struck off for hitting elderly patient

A MATRON of a nursing home who assaulted a resident was found guilty of professional misconduct.

Matron Mary Anne Morris was struck off the register of nurses in Ireland following the findings of the Fitness to Practise Committee of An Bord Altranais.

The committee declared allegations were proven that she struck a man who was a resident in her nursing home. She had struck him in the face, ear and upper body. She was also guilty of grabbing him and shaking him and confining him to his room in the nursing home. The incidents took place on November 2, 2007.

The committee found that the matron, register number 62771, had falsely told the owner of the nursing home on the same day that marks on the man's body were burn marks caused when the victim was given a shower by another nurse.

The committee also ruled on another case in which a nurse, Sr Mary Kate Murphy, was struck off the register for professional misconduct. It found that the nurse, register number 11318, had personally used medications meant for patients.

It found that she was unfit to work because of physical or mental disability as a result of her use or dependence or addiction to opiates.


The committee found that, while working as a nurse between October 2008 and March 31, 2009, she obtained medications by falsifying or altering prescriptions. She had also given false information to managers regarding prescriptions which she had falsified.

She was also found to have arrived for work while under the influence of opiates which had not been prescribed for her.

In a third case, the committee ordered that an intensive care unit nurse Stephen Federick Boyling be struck off the register for failing in his duty of care to a critically ill patient.

It found that Mr Boyling, register number 66596, had failed in his duties for the care and safety of a patient in a hospital ICU unit on September 24, 2008. He had failed to comply with the directions of a medical team regarding overnight ventilator support for the critically ill man.

He had failed to set alarms needed for the monitoring of the patient and failed to carrying out a proper assessment of the patient. He also failed to keep proper records and failed to ensure the patient had continuous ECG and haemodynamic monitoring.



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