Nurse gave diabetic 10 times prescribed insulin dose

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A nurse who gave a diabetic man with special needs ten times his prescribed dose of insulin has been hit with an order restricting her duties.

Nancy Murengi was given a Conditions of Practice Order by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for misconduct after a series of failings at three separate care homes in Castleford and Wakefield.

An NMC panel heard that Ms Murengi was dismissed from Fairburn Chase Care Home in Castleford after a diabetic resident was taken to hospital after she gave him 44 units of insulin instead of four in December 2013.

A supervision policy for administering insulin was in place at the Wheldon Road home after an earlier error by Ms Murengi, the panel heard.

The NMC panel’s judgement said: “By administering the insulin regardless, you had not only gone against a policy put in place to protect residents, but had actually caused harm to a resident.”

The September 7 hearing was told that Ms Murengi, of Castleford, also falsified records in her previous job at Langtree Park care home, Castleford, after she failed to give one resident their medicine for three days in a row in June 2013.

Her conduct at that home, in Oxford Road, came to light after Care Quality Commission inspectors raised concerns that some residents were not receiving their prescribed medication.

The panel heard that Ms Murengi, 41, also failed to disclose that she was under investigation by the NMC when applying for a job at Attlee Court Care home in Normanton.

She worked for just over a week at that home in February last year before being dismissed, the panel heard.

The NMC panel’s judgement said: “The panel was of the view that your actions did fall significantly short of the standards expected of a registered nurse.”

The panel was told the Ms Murgeni gained certificates from Diabetes Awareness training in 2015 and a Safe Use of Insulin course in 2014.

But the panel was concerned that the courses were only done on the internet and had no practical element, their judgement said.

Ms Murengi, a nurse of more than 10 years, was barred from preparing or administering insulin without supervision until deemed competent.

She must also notify the NMC of any nursing job she takes up and inform future employers about the order. She has the right to appeal the decision.