A nurse who stormed off and abandoned vulnerable patients when criticised for turning up late for work has been booted out of the profession.
Kerry Blakeway often turned up late for the night shift and completely missed two shifts while working at the Redhouse Nursing Home, Walsall, a hearing was told.
When a colleague challenged her for arriving more than an hour late for the New Year’s Eve shift, Blakeway flew into a rage and stormed out of the home.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council misconduct hearing found she had abandoned residents at the home by not leaving a qualified member of staff in charge when she left.
Andrew Gell, chairing the hearing, said: “She was aware that she was the sole nurse on duty on all three shifts.
“She appeared to have had no regard for the 27 residents, who were elderly and vulnerable, nor for the impact and risks arising from her actions.” Blakeway blamed being ‘stuck in traffic’ for her late arrival at work on the night of 31 December 2010.
She was due to start her shift at 9:30pm but did not turn up until 10.45pm. She did not attend the hearing in central London, but admitted by letter all the charges against her. Blakeway resigned from her position as staff nurse on 4 January 2011.
The NMC panel found her guilty of being late for work on dates between 25 November 2010 and 4 January 2011, after the charge was slightly amended in her absence. Blakeway was issued with a striking off order.