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Care home nurse who lied about administering CPR struck off



A care home nurse who lied about administering CPR to a dying resident and failed to report inappropriate sexual behaviour has been struck off the NMC register.

Rosaline Appice, who worked at Kestrel Grove Residential and Nursing Home in Bushey Heath, found a resident cold, pale and experiencing breathing difficulties in bed in July 2017. Yet she did not call for an ambulance or perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the resident, who died.

This is according to an NMC fitness to practise panel last month, which heard Ms Appice had mistaken the resident – who was not under a do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) notice – for one who was under a DNAR notice. She then incorrectly claimed to her manager she had performed CPR.

Ms Appice also failed to report a male resident’s inappropriate sexual behaviour towards a female resident in 15 January 2017, when she had been the nurse in charge of a night shift. This meant no safeguarding action plan was implemented and a similar incident occurred a month later.

Striking Ms Appice of the register, the NMC said: ‘The allegations, which have been found proved in their entirety, are very serious, concerning vulnerable patients being put at risk of serious harm.’

Ms Appice, who did not attend the hearing, showed ‘no evidence of any real insight, remorse, or remediation’ and ‘very little understanding of the impact of her actions, both on patients, and the wider public’, it added.

Earlier this year, a nurse who failed to resuscitate a resident in a care home was been struck off the nursing register.

Also, the NMC found that a newly qualified practice nurse under a fitness to practise investigation was ‘failed’ by a lack of diabetes training from her practice.