Nurse was so incompetent she gave dialysis patient Lucozade instead of glucose drip and couldn't even take a pulseJuleth McKenzie didn't know difference between milligrams and microgramsEleven allegations of errors were either admitted or found provedShe worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
11:39 GMT, 4 January 2013
16:11 GMT, 4 January 2013
A nurse trained to grade five standard of care was so incompetent she couldn't even calculate a patient's heart rate, a disciplinary hearing heard.
Juleth McKenzie was hauled in front of the Nursing and Midwifery Council after she gave a dialysis patient a drink of Lucozade instead of a glucose drip.
The nurse, who worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, didn't know the difference between milligrams and micrograms and checked a patient's temperature instead of blood pressure – despite having qualified eight years ago.
Juleth Deborah Mckenzie was hauled in front of The Nursing and Midwivery Council after she gave a dialysis patient a drink of Lucozade instead of a glucose drip
Eleven allegations of incompetent errors against McKenzie were either admitted or found proved against the nurse.
Following an NMC hearing in November last year, at which McKenzie was not present or represented at, her fitness to practise was found impaired by lack of competence.
She was handed a 12 month suspension order, according to the findings of the hearing which have now been released.
The allegations heard by an NMC conduct and competence panel included giving medication to patients she was not authorised to do so, prioritising getting personal details of a patient over stemming bleeding and assessing a patient with Parkinson's disease as being independent and needing no care or support.
She was also accused of attempting to give drugs which had already been given, preparing drugs for oral administration for a patient who was nil by mouth, being unfamiliar with equipment on a resuscitation trolley, making four errors in relation to giving Heparin, giving prescription eye drops when not authorised and giving them to the wrong patient, failing to register patients and putting the wrong hospital number on a patient's wristband and not being aware of the difference between milligrams and micrograms and checking a patient's temperature instead of blood pressure.
McKenzie worked at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and was found to not know the difference between milligrams and micrograms
McKenzie was placed on the Trust's poor performance plan and was diagnosed with dyslexia and poor short-term visual memory
Miss McKenzie's patients on the renal ward and senior colleagues described how she 'places patients at risk every time she put them on dialysis'.
While others said she was a very caring person who wanted to deliver good practice, she was 'out of her depth and lacking in ability' and was described as 'getting muddled and panicked'.
Patients on the dialysis ward had even gone as far as to ask to not be treated by Miss McKenzie.
The panel heard how the job on the renal ward was Miss McKenzie's first substantive post after qualifying in 2005.
She was required to complete a new starters programme which most nurses complete within three months, but after six months concerns remained about her ability as a registered nurse.
By December 2006, she had been placed on the Trust's poor performance plan and was diagnosed with dyslexia and poor short-term visual memory.
McKenzie was redeployed to a less acute area on ward 18 but she continued to make fundamental errors.
She became a healthcare assistant but even in this capacity concern was expressed about her competence and she left the Trust on November 30, 2008.
The Royal College of Nursing's career framework outlines nine levels of nursing. McKenzie was a level 5 nurse, qualified to 'provide general nursing services to defined groups'.
No evidence was given to the panel which gave it any concern that the hospital had acted in appropriately or unsympathetically towards Miss McKenzie.
A spokesman for the Foundation Trust, which runs Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital, said: 'The Trust took appropriate action to safeguard patients and Miss McKenzie managed in accordance with the Trust's capability procedures and was provided with extensive supervision and support.'