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:

  1. 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.
  2. Ms Konigson significantly understated the seriousness of her actions given the patients were elderly, compromised and vulnerable.
  3. Ms Konigson’s conduct is a serious breach of her ethical and professional obligations.
  4. 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.

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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