Zoe Hall – former Enrolled Nurse - Professional Misconduct

12 November 2020

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Zoe Hall, a former Enrolled Nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.  Ms Hall was working in a juvenile detention centre as an enrolled nurse and the complaint alleged that in 2018-2019 she failed to observe proper professional boundaries with a 17 year old inmate, by providing personal information and contact details to him, having personal communication with him, identifying herself as being in a relationship with him on social media, and not being honest with the regulator when questioned about these matters.

The Tribunal found that Ms Hall’s conduct in permitting a relationship to develop with a young, immature detainee with mental health issues amounted to a clear transgression of the proper professional boundaries. Given the inmate’s youth and vulnerability and given that the conduct continued for about four months, the Tribunal concluded that she had significantly departed from the proper standards of the nursing profession. The Tribunal also found that making a false statement to the Commission about her contact with the inmate was both improper and unethical.

The Tribunal found Ms Hall guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

Noting that Ms Hall had surrendered her registration after resigning from the detention centre, the Tribunal ordered that it would have cancelled her registration had she been registered, that she cannot seek a review for 12 months, and that she is prohibited in working in any health service for 12 months.

The full decision is available NSW Caselaw.

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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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