RN Merelita Ake – Professional misconduct - Registration cancelled

15 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Ms Merelita Ake, a registered nurse before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged the Ms Ake was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to her care of a 74 year old female with a long history of schizophrenia and anorexia nervosa, on 3 and 4 July 2015. 

The complaint alleged that Ms Ake failed to undertake appropriate 15 minute observations on the patient and further, upon discovering that the patient was non-responsive on the morning of 4 July 2015, she failed to take appropriate action. The patient was pronounced dead at 7am on 4 July 2015 with an unknown cause of death.

Decision

On 5 January 2018, the Tribunal found Ms Ake guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that Ms Ake had “a serious lack of insight or preparedness to consider mistakes made” and “[her] conduct…falls significantly below the standard expected of a registered nurse of [her] level and experience”.

The Tribunal ordered that Ms Ake’s registration be cancelled with a non-review period of 12 months.

Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.