A nurse has been fired after giving report to her coworker that a patient had 'kicked the bucket.'
Nurse Jeane Johnson is also in deep hot water for sleeping during her shift and allowing several nurses to take their breaks simultaneously leaving no nurses on the floor to care for patients.
The board of nursing found her to be lacking the fundamental knowledge about common medication and she failed to review MAR charts before administering the medications to her patients. Which is dangerous and unbefitting of a nurse.
Johnson was placed on probation for three years in 2012 and the term was extended for an extra year.
According to the board of nursing panel that decided Johnson was unfit to practice nursing "Whilst drug errors do occur and, no doubt, the public accepts the possibility of human error, the extent of Ms. Johnson's drug errors – specifically their repetition – and related competence issues are such that public confidence in the profession would indeed be damaged by her failings."
"We then considered the charges relating to sleeping on duty, using the phrase 'kicked the bucket' and allowing all staff to take breaks simultaneously."
The panel did consider Ms. Johnson's role as charge nurse because she was the only registered nurse on duty during night shift could have contributed to the many mistakes she made
"As to unwarranted risk of harm, the panel was satisfied that, even if Ms Johnson was feeling unwell as she described, her failure to ensure that there was proper nursing cover, whilst she rested, clearly put patients at unwarranted risk of harm.
'Similarly, having no healthcare assistants on duty for the period of a break, meant that residents' needs may well not have been attended to promptly and any difficulties experienced by a resident may not have been discovered in good time.'
Johnson admitted that she wanted to relinquish her right to practice because she felt she was 'unable to complete training required under the conditions of practice order. The board decided to revoke her license.
The nursing panel's chairperson, Robert Barnwell said that while she had admitted her mistakes and misconduct she had failed to prove to them that she had learned her lesson and there would be no guarantee she wouldn't make the same errors again.