Bully Nurse Struck Off

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), September 10, 2003 | Go to article overview

Bully Nurse Struck Off


Byline: By Sonia Sharma

Nurse Donald Emery was today exposed as a bully who tormented staff with a bizarre initiation ceremony.

Emery, 47, laughed as Paula Benson screamed during what he called "reality orientation", a hearing was told.

He blindfolded Ms Benson and then tied the care assistant into a wheelchair and spun her round until she was dizzy before she was force-fed tomato sauce sandwiches and yoghurt.

Another employee at the Tyneside home came to her rescue, only to be threatened by the "aggressive" nurse.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council's professional conduct committee was told how, last year, Gateshead magistrates found Emery guilty of the common assault of Ms Benson.

He was ordered to pay her pounds 200 compensation. To date, just pounds 60 has been paid.

At the same court hearing, he was convicted of a further assault against nurse Kathleen Graves for intervening during the incident at the Lindisfarne Nursing and Residential Home, Kepier Chare, Crawcrook, Gateshead.

The convictions were revealed yesterday as the committee considered other charges against Emery in respect of his employment at the home.

Emery, of Bristol Street, New Hartley, Whitley Bay, who also has an address in Choppington, Northumberland, did not attend the two-day hearing.

Tribunal chairman Nancy Kirkland described the two assaults on other members of the care team as "reprehensible". She said the two episodes amounted to misconduct.

He was also found guilty of misconduct by failing to change a resident's catheter bag.

And he was guilty of misconduct for reducing Ms Benson to tears by verbally chastising her for a mistake at the home.

The nurse had earlier been cleared of bullying two other residents in three incidents and was cleared of misconduct relating to drinking at work and a drugs blunder after the committee decided there was not sufficient evidence. …

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