Ms Amy Sarah Kocsis – deregistered for 18 months by NSW Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal

22 July 2011

The Health Care Complaints Commission recently prosecuted Ms Amy Sarah Kocsis, an endorsed enrolled nurse, before the Nursing and Midwifery Tribunal of NSW.  The prosecution related to Ms Kocsis’ care and treatment of nine patients while working at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital.

The Commission argued that Ms Kocsis was guilty of professional misconduct and was not competent to practise nursing, as she did not have sufficient knowledge and skill.

The particulars of the Commission complaint against Ms Kocsis related primarily to clinical issues including medication errors, such as:

  • crushing paracetamol tablets to administer them to a patient when that patient was subject to a ‘nil by mouth’ order and was prescribed paracetamol to be given intravenously
  • refusing to administer or otherwise provide Panadol to a patient at their request, when Panadol had been ordered as required
  • recording 300mls as the fistula output in the fluid balance chart for a patient when the actual output was only 45mls
  • setting up an intravenous line for the administration of antibiotics via a side port and not priming the line
  • failing to observe protocols when entering and leaving the isolation room of a patient, who was at that time suffering with MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

In its decision of 8 July 2011, the Tribunal found most of the particulars of the Commission's complaints proven, that. Ms Kocsis was guilty of professional misconduct and that she was not competent to practise nursing as she does not have sufficient knowledge and skill.   The Tribunal ordered that Ms Kocsis’ name be removed from the register of nurses and that she is not entitled to apply for re-registration for a period of eighteen months.


Further Information


The full decision is available at AUSTLII

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.