RN Jennifer Hogg – Professional misconduct – Reprimand, suspension and conditions

19 Dec 2019

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse Jennifer Hogg before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  RN Hogg was employed in the Orthopaedic Ward of Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital and was the nurse-in-charge of the shift during which care and treatment was being provided to Patient A.  Patient A had undergone a knee replacement five days earlier and on the evening in question, his condition deteriorated and he ultimately he died from ischaemic heart disease. The complaint against RN Hogg alleged that:

  • she inappropriately insisted that Patient A mobilise to the toilet on a number of occasions when he was demonstrating symptoms which indicated that his condition was deteriorating;
  • she failed to respond to and adequately assess Patient A’s complaints of pain;
  • during a shower incident which followed an episode of faecal incontinence, she communicated with Patient A in a highly unprofessional and inappropriate manner, and failed to respond adequately to the deterioration of his condition.

On 29 November 2019, the Tribunal found that RN Hogg was guilty of professional misconduct.  The Tribunal commented that the offending conduct was “nothing short of appalling” and that her response to the evident deterioration in Patient A’s condition, and mistreatment of Patient A during the shower incident were grossly below the standard expected.

The Tribunal determined to formally reprimand RN Hogg, suspend her registration for six months and impose a range of conditions on her registration including restrictions on her work practices, supervision, mentoring, ongoing psychiatric treatment and to undertake the refresher course for registered nurses.

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.