Ms Tessie Sardinia – Registered Nurse – Professional Misconduct - Reprimand and Conditions

25 August 2021

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against registered nurse, Ms Tessie Sardinia, before the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).  The complaint related to Ms Sardinia’s conduct in providing care and treatment on 3 January 2020 to Patient A, a 99 year old resident at an aged care facility in Sydney. Patient A had an unwitnessed fall at about 1:00pm.

The complaint included allegations that after commencing her shift Ms Sardinia failed to:

  • enquire about and assess Patient A from the time she received a handover at about 3:00pm through to about 12:00am;
  • follow the facility’s falls policy for Patient A;
  • conduct a pain assessment for Patient A or check that one had been conducted;
  • administer pain relief after becoming aware at about 8:00pm of Patient A’s distress, pain, and suspected leg factures;
  • call for an ambulance for Patient A until about 9:30pm;
  • keep adequate clinical notes in relation to her care and treatment of Patient A.

On 20 August 2021, the Tribunal found all allegations proved and that Ms Sardinia’s conduct amounted to professional misconduct.   In its protective orders, the Tribunal imposed a reprimand on Ms Sardinia and placed conditions on her registration, including restrictions on how and where she can work; that she practice under indirect supervision; and that she complete further education and training.

The full decision of the Tribunal is available at 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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