RN Breanna Lord – Unsatisfactory professional conduct – Caution

19 Dec 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse Breanna Lord before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  RN Lord was working as a new graduate nurse in the Orthopaedic Ward of Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital and was involved in the  care and treatment provided to Patient A, who had undergone a knee replacement five days earlier.  On the evening in question, his condition deteriorated and he ultimately died from ischaemic heart disease. The complaint against RN Lord alleged that:

  • during a shower incident which followed an episode of faecal incontinence, she communicated with Patient A in an unprofessional and inappropriate manner and failed to respond adequately to the deterioration of his condition;
  • she failed to maintain adequate nursing notes documenting the deterioration of Patient A’s condition.

On 29 November 2019, the Tribunal found that RN Lord was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct. The Tribunal determined to caution RN Lord, having regard to her very limited level of experience and genuine demonstration of contrition and remorse.

The full decision of the Tribunal may be found here.  

Further Information 

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.