Breanna Ford - former Enrolled Nurse- Disqualified for Unsatisfactory Professional Conduct and Professional Misconduct
10 March 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Breanna Ford before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the Tribunal). Ms Ford, when aged 23, was working in a medical centre as an endorsed enrolled nurse. It was alleged that Ms Ford took prescription pads, forged prescriptions for herself and a relative, and provided false information to the authorities. She subsequently allowed her registration to lapse.
On 12 February 2021, the Tribunal found Ms Ford guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct in that she:
- inappropriately took two prescription pads and used them to forge eight prescriptions, including for Schedule 8 controlled drugs and Schedule 4D prescribed restricted substances;
- gave false evidence to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Health Care Complaints Commission in relation to the number of forged prescriptions.
The Tribunal found Ms Ford put her own interests ahead of her professional obligations to act with integrity when taking the prescription pads and forging the prescriptions and that she failed in her duty to be candid and honest with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Commission. The Tribunal determined that Ms Ford is guilty of professional misconduct because forging prescriptions has the potential to bring the profession of nursing into disrepute and she compounded her conduct with her lack of candour with the Council and Commission.
The Tribunal ordered that it would have cancelled her registration and she is disqualified from being registered as a nurse for 18 months.
A copy of the Tribunal’s decision can be found on the NSW Caselaw website.
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.
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