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Nurse's registration canned for dishonesty

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/04/2017

A nurse has had her registration cancelled and will have to pay costs for being dishonest about criminal convictions and for stealing money from a patient, a disciplinary tribunal says.

Eva Harrison, now 63, failed to disclose several criminal convictions including assault and drink driving in job applications and when renewing her nursing registration.

In June 2014, Harrison was investigated for taking the eftpos card of a dementia patient and taking almost $500.

She declared she had never been convicted, charged, or had been under investigation for a criminal offence and had never been subject to professional or disciplinary inquiry.

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal cancelled her nursing registration and ordered her to pay $2000 for being "intentionally dishonesty and deceitful".

"The offending was at the serious end of the scale by comparison to other cases of fraud and dishonesty," the tribunal decided.

Harrison had been registered as a nurse since 1999.

When renewing her registration in July 2007 she denied being involved in any criminal proceedings, despite being found guilty of assault in April that year.

In 2009 she was found guilty of driving with excess breath alcohol, but in her application to renew her registration in 2010 she failed to disclose this also.

In June 2014, she was employed as the Team Leader of the Community Mental Health team and took a patient's bank card and pin, which were locked away.

She was fired for serious misconduct, but went on to apply for a position as a registered nurse at Waikato DHB and declared she had not been the subject of a professional or other disciplinary inquiry.

Harrison was then offered a job in September, but resigned in April 2015 following an investigation by the DHB.

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