RN Nathan Hudson – Disqualified for Professional misconduct
1 April 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse, Mr Nathan Hudson, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Mr Hudson worked in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit (“the Unit”) of Manning Base Hospital where he directly cared for Patient A on two of five of her admissions between 2013 and 2015. The Commission alleged that in October 2016, after Patient A’s discharge from the Unit but while she was receiving ongoing support from a caseworker at the Hospital, Mr Hudson engaged in unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct by exchanging phone numbers with her, meeting her socially, inviting her to his home and then commencing a sexual relationship with her for several weeks. He also smoked cannabis in the company of Patient A and provided it to her.
The Commission also alleged that Mr Hudson is currently suffering an impairment.
In its decision of 14 March 2019, the Tribunal found all of the complaint proven and that Mr Hudson was guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that, “although Patient A was not under the practitioner’s direct care at the time of the relationship, he was well aware of the seriousness of her multiple health conditions and he should have been aware of, and responsive to, her on-going vulnerability.” The Tribunal also found Mr Hudson to be impaired.
The Tribunal made an order that if Mr Hudson were still registered, the Tribunal would have cancelled his registration and prevented him from seeking re-registration for one year. The Tribunal also made a prohibition order preventing Mr Hudson from providing other health services.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.