Taking DHB property leads to suspension and censure.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Nurses (Discipline)
Pub Date: 10/01/2009
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2009 Source Volume: 15 Source Issue: 9
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Persons: Named Person: Wallace, Alan
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 210919928

A registered nurse, Alan Wallace, employed at Capital and Coast District Health Board's (DHB) (DHB) Rangipapa Unit has had his registration suspended for six months. Wallace had ordered items from the kitchen and/or removed items belonging to the DHB and placed them in his bag and/or Locker without a reasonable explanation, and/or with the intention of removing the items for his own use. The items included fresh fruit, dairy products and several toiletry items.

The Nursing Council's Preliminary Proceedings Committee had Laid a charge of professional misconduct against Wallace. The Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal found him guilty and noted his conduct was a serious departure from the acceptable standards expected of him. Nurses held important positions of trust in society and the public relied on nurses to discharge their professional duties and obligations to patients, to their employer and to their fellow employees competently, ethically and responsibly. The Tribunal noted honesty was fundamental to a nurse's practice.

Wallace's registration was suspended for six months and he was censured. The Tribunal further ordered that Wallace's name and a summary of its decision be published in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand, the Nursing Council's newsletter, New Zealand Nursing Review and on the Tribunal's website. The Tribunal's full decision can be found on the Tribunal's website www.hpdt.org.nz, reference Nur08/110p.

The Health Practitioners' Disciplinary Tribunal has the power to discipline all nurses and publish all its decision in Kai Tiaki Nursing New Zealand and other relevant publications. The full decisions are on the Tribunal's website. It should be noted that the notices appearing on this and the following page do not necessarily involve NZNO members. NZNO provides legal advice and representation only to its members.
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