A nurse working in a nursing home in Cardiff Bay decided to entertain herself by having two patients who suffer from dementia kiss each other while she posted it on Snapchat, laughing hysterically.
23-year-old Paris Roberts was bored one day while at work and instructed two elderly dementia patients to kiss as she filmed the 10-second recording and posted it on the social media site, Snapchat.
When the incident was discovered Ms. Roberts resigned from the nursing home that claims to have the “very well trained and caring staff" and the “highest quality care standards."
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing were informed that: “A female resident with dementia went over to a male resident, also with dementia, and Roberts encouraged them to kiss.”
A nurses' aide was with Roberts when the incident occurred and she told the NMC that Roberts encouraged the elderly residents to kiss. They kissed several times.
The director of nursing for the facility said Roberts was, “acting for her own amusement”.
“She was entrusted with the care of elderly and vulnerable residents and fell far, far short of the standard of care. It was misconduct of the most serious kind and she showed no remorse.”
"She has shown no insight or remorse choosing to deflect the blame onto others"
During a disciplinary hearing, the NMC decided that Roberts was guilty of misconduct. Ms. Roberts was not present at the hearing.
The NMC said, “We considered that Miss Roberts’ conduct demonstrated a serious lapse in judgment in encouraging the patients to kiss and then allowing a colleague to make a recording which was then transmitted via a social media app."
“She failed to safeguard the patients and treat them with the dignity and respect they were entitled to."
“She was in a position of authority as the registered nurse and as the nurse in charge with the healthcare assistants being her junior colleagues."
“She had a responsibility to set an example, yet instead she used her authority in an attempt to cover up her part in the incident."
“She has shown no insight or remorse choosing to deflect the blame onto others.”
Miss Roberts' license was revoked to“order to protect the public and satisfy the wider public interest.”