Ms Samantha Konigson – Enrolled nurse – Registration suspended and conditions
19 November 2021
The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Samantha Konigson, an enrolled nurse, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). Ms Konigson worked three evening shifts at a residential aged care facility in Albury in June 2018 and was responsible for administering medication to elderly patients. It was alleged that Ms Konigson discarded some medication prescribed to the elderly patients into a sharps container, did not record that the medication had been discarded and did not notify the nurse in charge.
In its 18 November 2021 decision, the Tribunal found the complaints proven and found Ms Konigson guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and professional misconduct. The Tribunal found:
- The failure to dispense medication in accordance with medication charts and not bringing this to the attention of a supervisor are actions which clearly had the potential to endanger the lives of 17 patients.
- Ms Konigson significantly understated the seriousness of her actions given the patients were elderly, compromised and vulnerable.
- Ms Konigson’s conduct is a serious breach of her ethical and professional obligations.
- Ms Konigson’s conduct is of such a serious nature that any protective order short of suspension would be an inadequate response.
The Tribunal suspended Ms Konigson’s registration for three months and imposed conditions to protect the public.
The full decision can be found on 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.
Still need more information
If you would like to speak to someone at the Commission for more information before you lodge a written complaint you can contact the Inquiry Line during business hours, Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm on 1800 043 159 or submit an online inquiry.
Ready to lodge your complaint
All complaints must be made in writing and we aim to assess complaints within 60 days. Your complaint will be allocated to an assessment officer and we will write to you to explain the outcome of your complaint.
Click here to make a complaint
Track my complaint
You can track the progress of your complaint online.
Click here to track your complaint