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Nurse struck off for abusing elderly

A nurse has been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register after kicking an elderly care home resident when she lost her temper.

Grace Ellis, from Poole, Dorset, was charged with a number of incidents which took place at Zetland Court, run by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, between 2001 and 2006.

The Conduct and Competence Committee panel for the NMC heard that the 52-year-old registered nurse had insisted a resident have a bath against their wishes and she had also pushed a resident in a wheelchair through a closed door.

Other evidence said that Ms Ellis had obtained a sample of blood from a resident without their consent and while they were actively resisting. On another occasion she had made a resident have a bath in water that was too hot.

NMC spokesperson Kristy Hempel said: "Grace Ellis' behaviour shows a pattern over a number of years of not acting on the wishes and best interests of patients.

"These were a vulnerable group of people in Ellis' care and her behaviour amounted to serious breaches of the NMC Code, which states that as a nurse you must protect and support the health of individual patients."

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"Further to your article on Thursday 26 March 2009 in which it was reported that Grace Ellis from Poole, Dorset, has been struck off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), we write to express our thanks to the NMC for their support in resolving this matter. The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) were first alerted to allegations of inappropriate behaviour in respect of Grace Ellis in November 2006. Grace was immediately suspended and the relevant regulatory authorities were informed. The allegations were fully investigated and as a consequence of our findings and due process, Grace was dismissed from RMBI employment in December 2006.
The RMBI is committed to providing quality care to all of its residents whose safety and wellbeing is of paramount importance. As such, the RMBI adopt a zero tolerance policy in respect of the rare occasions where that trust is broken, to ensure that staff behaviour reflect our core values."