RN Sarah Harvey – Professional misconduct – Registration Cancelled
12 June 2019
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse, Sarah Harvey before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). In September 2014, Ms Harvey worked as a Registered Nurse at the Uniting Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (“MSIC”) in Kings Cross, Sydney. The Commission alleged that from September 2016, Ms Harvey commenced and maintained an inappropriate personal and sexual relationship with Patient A, who was a long-standing patient of the MSIC and an IV drug user.
In its decision dated 9 May 2019, the Tribunal found the complaint proven and Ms Harvey guilty of professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that in “commencing and continuing a personal and intimate relationship with a client she demonstrated an absence of propriety, honesty and integrity in her nursing practice.” The Tribunal found that this misconduct was serious and was not satisfied that Ms Harvey has shown sufficient insight into her behaviour such the public is sufficiently protected. Accordingly, the Tribunal made an order cancelling Ms Harvey’s registration and imposed a non-review period of 12 months.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.