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Professional misconduct leads to name removal.

A REGISTERED comprehensive nurse, Erwin Vincent Jamiro Cuevas, has been found guilty of professional misconduct, in a Nursing Council decision in February last year. The nurse's name has been removed from the register for two years.

Cuevas was found guilty of professional misconduct on the grounds he:

[] compromised patient safety and/or well-being by failing to carry out his responsibilities as a registered nurse;

[] failed to administer and/or document medication for patients as prescribed and/or;

[] failed to maintain safe standards of practice in relation to the security of medication; and

[] behaved in an unprofessional and/or offensive manner towards a colleague or colleagues.

The Council found the behaviour in each of the charges proved, and held that, cumulatively, this amounted to professional misconduct on the grounds of malpractice, negligence and it was likely to bring discredit upon the nursing profession.

The Council made the following orders:

[] Cuevas's name be removed from the register and that he may apply for reinstatement after two years;

[] he pay $9900 (being 50 percent) towards the actual costs and expenses of and incidental to the investigation by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee and inquiry by the Council;

[] a notice stating the effect of these orders be published in the New Zealand Gazette, Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, the Nursing Council Newsletter and be made available to members of the media with suppression of the names of the complainant and identifying details of the institution; and

[] he return to the Registrar the badge and registration certificate issued to him under the Nurses Act 1977.
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Title Annotation:nursing council
Author:Cuevas, Jamiro
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Feb 1, 2004
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