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Nurse faces misconduct allegation
30 Oct 2014 13:01
A nurse who was the Director of Care at a Longford nursing home is facing allegations that she failed to give medicines to some residents, dumping some of the drugs in rubbish bins.
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The fitness-to-practise inquiry by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland is into nurse Mary Mealy, who was Director of Care at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home in Longford in 2012.
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She is facing allegations of professional misconduct and a single allegation that she is unfit to engage in the practice of nursing by reason of a physical or mental disability.
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This allegation is that Ms Mealy attended for duty while under the influence of alcohol.
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Opening the inquiry, barrister Patrick Leonard for the nursing board said there had been a number of near misses at the home, which cares for 48 patients when full.
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It is alleged that Ms Mealy failed to give medicines to some residents in a timely manner and also recorded that drugs had been given when they had not.
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The complaints that led to this inquiry were made by junior staff whom Ms Mealy was supposed to be supervising.
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The inquiry has heard that Ms Mealy has been a registered nurse since 1996.
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She trained in the Isle of Man and has worked in Mullingar, Dublin, Westmeath and in the NHS in the UK.
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