Ms Bianca Richards – Professional misconduct – Reprimand and conditions

1 July 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against enrolled nurse, Ms Bianca Richards before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint alleged unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in relation to Ms Richard’s theft of a credit card from an employee at the end of her night shift. Ms Richards initially denied the theft when confronted about it the following day, however, then admitted it. She did not use the credit card. Ms Richards also failed to engage appropriately with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (‘the Council’), including attending the section 150 hearing.

On 11 June 2020, the Tribunal found all of the complaint proven and Ms Richards was guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found that the theft of the credit card alone constituted professional misconduct.

The Tribunal ordered that Ms Richards be reprimanded and that she complete an ethics and professional obligations course, approved by the Council, within six months of re-entering practice as an enrolled nurse.

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw website.

 

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.

 


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