A nurse who was verbally abusive to a colleague and failed to care properly for patients while under the influence of drink and/or drugs has been struck off by the High Court.
The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland’s fitness-to-practise committee found duty psychiatric nurse Mary Maura Cremer O’Brien (Pin 88983) was incapable of performing her duties due to the effects of alcohol and/or drugs while working on the night of December 21st/22nd, 2009. She was confused and/or disorientated and verbally abusive to a staff nurse.
That night, she failed to give patients their medication and “went to bed and slept on duty”.
The committee ruled her name be removed from the nurses’ register, a decision later confirmed by the High Court.