Nurse fired for injecting without written instruction is reinstated

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A nurse who was dismissed in September last year for administering an injection to a patient without a written instruction from a doctor has been reinstated after she won her arbitration at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, says a Cape Argus report.

Commissioner S Goldschmidt had to determine whether Nicolette Naylor’s dismissal was substantively and procedurally fair.

The report says after listening to arguments from both sides, Goldschmidt said: “The applicant’s dismissal was procedurally fair, but substantively unfair. Medicross Healthcare Group must reinstate Naylor to her former position and on the same terms and conditions as prior to her dismissal.

From the documents presented it appeared that Naylor administered an injection to a patient without a script and that the billing process indicated that Naylor had not seen a doctor.

Naylor said in papers: “At 3pm a patient Cindy Truter came in. She had a migraine and came in for an XEPO to help her cope with the headache. I had phoned in to the receptionist to get her doctor to write a script. “The script was on the file, together with lots of other paperwork. What happened to the script is that the patient placed it in her bag because she still had to get other medication listed on the script.”

Cape Argus report

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