Ian Wardman - Registered Nurse – Reprimand and conditions

21 May 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Ian Wardman, a registered nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). The complaint concerned his care of a 78 year old acute care patient in the cardiothoracic ward at Liverpool Hospital in November 2018. It was alleged that at the start of the night shift, the patient’s cardiac condition was monitored by a heart monitor via telemetry leads attached to his chest. At the end of the night shift, the leads were no longer attached and the patient was found unresponsive and later declared deceased.

On 4 November 2020, the Tribunal published its Stage 1 decision which found Mr Wardman guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct.

On 20 May 2021, in its Stage 2 decision, the Tribunal reprimanded Mr Wardman and imposed a condition that he complete further education on record keeping, ethics and on cardiac care of patients including the operation of telemetry.

The Tribunal accepted that while Mr Wardman’s proven conduct was serious and amounted to professional misconduct, it decided not to cancel his registration because:

  • he has now gained insight and now accepts full responsibility for his proven conduct;

  • although Mr Wardman did not have a clear idea about his future training needs or his plans for any future nursing work, his responses were understandable given the uncertainty about resuming a nursing career and cancellation would deprive the community of the services of an otherwise experienced nurse.

The Stage 2 decision is available at the NSW Caselaw website.

The Stage 1 decision is available here 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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