A Nursing and Midwifery Board fitness to practise inquiry has adjourned to consider its findings into allegations that a Director of Nursing failed to administer medicines and disposed of them.
Mary Mealy, who worked at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home in Longford from January to August 2012, gave evidence today.
She told the inquiry that, before her time at the nursing home, she had worked for 18 years without any incident.
Ms Mealy said she felt humiliated when she was dismissed in August 2012 and had to provide for a young family and had to go on social welfare.
Ms Mealy said that when she worked at the home she had to collect rent from around 50 occupants of a nearby retirement village, owned by the nursing home proprietor.
She said the tenants, who were strangers, would come into the nursing home every day at unusual hours to pay cash and it was disruptive to the operation of the home.
She told the inquiry she had concerns about medication management and wanted to change the system but this was opposed by the owner.
Ms Mealy said that on occasions healthcare assistants gave residents medicines.
She said she did not place medication in a rubbish bin.
She said patients received their drugs but she did forget to record some medicines, or gave them late on occasions.
Ms Mealy said that some patients refused medicines and, due to an oversight on her part, she did not record the refusal.
She said she also had concerns about staffing levels with some staff working 60 hours a week.
Ms Mealy said the owner of the home made suggestive comments to her about her appearance and clothes, which made her uncomfortable.
Nurse Mealy now works at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon.
She said that she felt valued and supported there.
Ms Mealy told the inquiry that she feels that she has been set-up by Thomond Lodge Nursing Home.
She said she had tried to make changes.
The inquiry's findings will be reported to the Nursing & Midwifery Board at a later date and then made public.