Rowena Pierce – deregistered for 18 months by Nurses and Midwives Tribunal

27 July 2010

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted Ms Rowena Pierce, a registered nurse, before the Nurses and Midwives Tribunal. The Commission alleged that Ms Pierce

  • had stolen Pethidine, a Schedule 8 drug, and forged the drug register in order to cover up her theft
  • failed to disclose to her employer that she had no authority to administer Schedule 8 medications
  • despite her having no authority to administer Schedule 8 medications, did administer such medications to a number of patients
  • was not of good character.

Ms Pierce had previously come to the attention of the Commission regarding the theft of Pethidine and for breaching her voluntary withdrawal of her authority to administer Schedule 8 medications.

In its decision of 26 July 2010, the Tribunal found that Ms Pierce was guilty of professional misconduct and was not of good character. The Tribunal noted that Ms Pierce ‘was not yet prepared to take personal responsibility for her actions, face up to them and move on from there to reform herself’.

The Tribunal ordered that Ms Pierce’s name be removed from the register for a minimum period of 18 months.

Further Information

The full decision will be available at AUSTLII.

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission on 9219 7444 or send an email to

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