Seaham nurse failed to tell boss about incidents at care home

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A NURSE claimed she did not feel she could approach her boss about inappropriate behaviour by a boy towards a girl in her care.

Staff nurse Gail Fraser, facing a Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct and competence committee, said the newly-appointed manager did not “know the unit, children and staff” at the Heathway Unit in Parkside, Seaham.

The incident involved children with severe behaviour and communication issues.

Instead of taking it to the next boss up, Fraser told a senior social worker, her former boss, who she felt understood the work of the now-defunct respite centre for children with learning difficulties.

The hearing was told she left a form logging the incident on a desk, expecting the unit’s manager to read and complete it on return from holiday and other colleagues to post it on to a health and safety department.

Fraser denies failing to inform senior managers of the incident.

She has admitted failing to make a full account of it in the girl’s notes, failing to tell the parents, and going home sick one evening in October 2006, leaving the unit without a qualified nurse.

It is said her fitness to practice is impaired in light of the points.