Essex

Nurse gave disabled child of Muslim parents syringe of beer

A senior nurse who gave beer to a disabled 17-year-old boy without seeking the permission of his Muslim parents has been disciplined for misconduct.

Jacqueline Knight drew 5ml of alcohol into a syringe and placed it on to the boy's lips at a care home in Essex.

The Nursery and Midwifery Council heard she brought a beer bottle to the home.

Ms Knight was placed on restrictive duties and must undertake training as part of a Conditions of Practice Order.

'Cultural beliefs'

The council heard that Ms Knight administered the alcohol to the boy in April 2014.

She said she had two sons of a similar age and drinking alcohol was "an experience all children go through".

She admitted with hindsight it should never have happened.

Her actions raised concerns from other members of staff at the care home.

The boy had a severe disability as a result of suffering head injuries in a road accident in the late 1990s.

His parents "were of Muslim faith, and the consumption of alcohol was a breach of their cultural beliefs", he hearing was told.

The council was told Ms Knight failed to review the patient's care plan prior to giving him the alcohol and the care home dismissed her for gross misconduct.

Ms Knight admitted the charges against her, the council heard.

As mitigation, the hearing was told Ms Knight had a "long and otherwise unblemished career as a nurse" of more than 30 years.

She also "demonstrated genuine remorse" for her actions" and had the "full support" of her current employers - an firm providing agency nurses.

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