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Nurse told she can keep job

PUBLISHED: 17:24 27 June 2011 | UPDATED: 09:04 28 June 2011

Children’s nurse Taiyelolu Gabriel-Olufemi was allowed to keep her job despite failing to resuscitate a seven-year-old boy when his heart stopped.

Gabriel-Olufemi, 43, found the autistic child ‘cold and stiff’ with no pulse when she returned from a two-hour break on October 11, 2006, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

The junior sister did not try to revive him and he was pronounced dead 45 minutes later on the Rainbow ward at Newham General Hospital in Plaistow.

The NMC panel ruled Gabriel-Olufemi failed to attempt resuscitation on the child, known as patient A, and falsified medical records.

She was given a conditions of practice order banning her from working in high-dependency paediatric wards for three years.

NMC panel chairman John Matharu told her: ‘“The panel is left with concerns about your ability to react appropriately to emergency situations should these occur in the future.

“But there is no evidence you are generally incompetent. You are basically a good nurse and dedicated to a career in nursing.

The failings in your practice are remediable and the public can be protected by this order.”

Gabriel-Olufemi, from Grays in Essex, was told to complete a course on paediatric life support within six months and will not be allowed to work unsupervised until she has done so.

She will then have to repeat the course every year.

She must also complete a personal development plan on accurate record-keeping, tell any new employers of the order and inform the NMC of any disciplinary proceedings against her.


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