RN Vicki Tripodis – Suspension and reprimand for Professional Misconduct

30 Jan 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Vicki Tripodis, a registered nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The nurse was working in the Medical Subacute Unit at the Long Bay Correctional Complex on the night shift of 5 February 2015 when Patient A died as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Patient A had a history of laryngeal cancer, lower limb amputation and had recently undergone a total laryngectomy.

The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to the practitioner’s care of Patient A including:

  • that she failed to perform a full set of observations during her shift;
  • that she failed to undertake two hourly visual observations;
  • that she advised Patient A to “knock up” if he needed assistance in circumstances where she failed to perform any observations after 8.40pm;
  • that she did not supervise Patient A’s self-administration of nebulised saline; and
  • that she failed to make appropriate clinical records.

Decision

On 30 January 2018 the Tribunal found each of the particulars of the complaint proven and that the practitioner was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

The Tribunal formally reprimanded  RN Tripodis and made an order suspending her registration for a period of six months, or until she completes a course in ethics and professional practice. The Tribunal ordered upon the expiry of the period of suspension that conditions apply to RN Tripodis’ registration including supervision, and not to be in charge of any shift.

 

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.