A nurse has been cleared of calling a Huddersfield elderly care home resident a ‘f-----g vile woman’.
Nedyalka Kostadinova was also cleared of failing to help another woman who died a short time later at the home.
She had been accused of shaking the woman and shouting ‘I can’t f***ing stand you’ during an outburst at Abbey Place Care Home, Fartown.
But Kostadinova was cleared after a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel found there was no charge to answer in respect of the woman, referred to as Resident A.
Kostadinova was also accused of failing to take adequate steps after she was informed that another resident’s condition was deteriorating. Resident B was found on May 26 2012 with low blood pressure, unresponsive and a bluey colour.
Bernard Quashie and Natalie Swift claimed they repeatedly urged Kostadinova to ring a GP, but she waved them away. Resident B died a day later.
The panel found Kostadinova was aware of Resident B’s low blood pressure, and was abreast of her colleagues’ concerns.
But the panel cleared her of failing to take adequate steps to obtain further medical advice.
Jetinder Shergill, NMC panel chair said Kostadinova did not dispute that his colleague told her he thought Resident B was dying.
Significantly, Mr Shergill said,Resident B’s medical records stated the resident should not be resuscitated.
A verbal agreement with the resident’s family further made clear that they wished for Resident B to die peacefully at the home rather than in hospital.
‘In respect of the adequacy of the steps taken by you, the panel considered that the decision as to whether further medical advice should be sought is a matter for a nurse’s professional judgement,’ Mr Shergill concluded.
‘You are a registered nurse of many years’ experience. On this occasion, you made a judgment call.
‘It is the NMC’s case that you ought to have contacted a GP.
‘You said that if you had called a GP, you would have been advised to observe the resident; you based your answer on having been in similar positions in the past where you had been so advised.
‘The panel noted the evidence that the home was in the top ten for calling emergency services.
‘The panel has concluded that your decision not to obtain further medical advice was within the range of reasonable responses available to you as a registered nurse in those circumstances.
‘Whilst you have admitted that you did observe and record Resident B’s blood pressure as low, the panel has decided that you did take adequate steps in the care of Resident B and that there was no requirement to obtain further medical advice at that time.’
Kostadinova was cleared of using inappropriate language towards Resident A.
The panel further ruled Kostadinova’s fitness to practise is not impaired.