Nurse suspended for stealing drugs from hospital.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Registered nurses (Cases)
Professional misconduct (Cases)
Pub Date: 04/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: April, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Company legal issue
Product: Product Code: 8043110 Nurses, Registered NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Kilbride, Louise Fiona
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 224932755

The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, in a May 2008 decision, found Upper Hutt registered nurse, Louise Fiona Kilbride, guitty of professional misconduct for misappropriating 9.5 Diazepam 5mg tablets from the hospital where she worked.

Video footage of Kilbride selecting Diazepam from the drug cupboard and taking it out of the room with her was obtained. The Tribunal found that Kilbride was not completely truthful with the Tribunal when she was giving her evidence and that her version of events relating to the video evidence was less than credible.

The Tribunal was satisfied that misappropriation of any drug is a serious issue of both public safety and maintenance of the standards of nursing.

The Tribunal ordered that Kilbride's registration be suspended for 12 months and she was censured and ordered to pay 20 percent of the total costs. It also recommended that if Kilbride applied for a practising certificate, the Nursing Council should require her to undergo an examination by a practitioner approved by the Council. Following any such examination, Kilbride was to practise as directed by the Nursing Council.

Further details can be found on the Tribunal's website,, reference Nur08/83P.
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