A nurse working at a brain injuries unit in Northamptonshire has been suspended from all practice after she was seen sleeping while she should have been monitoring a vulnerable patient.
Janet Oladele was employed at the Brain Injury Services Unit at Grafton Manor, which is in Grafton Regis, on various night shifts between November 2013 and February 2014.
She was seen by colleagues either sleeping, making a personal call or using an electronic tablet, all while supposed to be alert to the needs of vulnerable patients.
On the night shift of February 10 to 11, 2014, she has was supposed to be looking after a man who had a high risk of falls and unsteady mobility and so neeed constant observation.
However Oladele was seen by two of her colleagues sleeping while on duty and using a mobile phone and electronic tablet. One, a staff nurse, tried to speak to Oladele a few times but she was slow to respond.
The tribunal judgement, summing up the evidence described how a care assistant was able to be sure Oladele was asleep.
It reads: “As she reached the landing area she saw Ms Oladele sitting on a chair on the landing
with her eyes closed, covered in a blanket.
“She also heard snoring coming from the landing. Ms Oladele was the only person present on the landing.”
On another occasion a colleague was present when a resident shouted out for help and Oladele could not hear them as she was listening to her electronic tablet.
Suspending her for three months, Malcolm Davidson, chair of the NMC panel, said: “She has failed in her duty of care to highly dependent, high-risk and vulnerable patients by sleeping while being on duty and using a mobile telephone and electronic tablet while on 1:1 enhanced observations.
“By this conduct Ms Oladele exposed the patients in her care to a significant risk of harm.”