Nurse is struck off after carrying out 'invasive procedure' on child
A NURSE of more than 30 years has been struck off after carrying out an invasive procedure on a four-year-old disabled child.
Christine Megan Kirby-Rose was caring for the youngster, who has cerebral palsy, while working for Scope in Cornwall.
The charity supports disabled people and their families from eight centres across the county.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) struck off the nurse in her absence following a hearing in London earlier this month.
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Neither the NMC or Scope would say where the nurse was from or worked at the time. It found Mrs Kirby-Rose, who registered as a nurse in 1981 and a midwife in 1983, had not followed correct procedure, and that this could have harmed the child.
The panel heard that, in October 2008, while working as a carer, she noticed a patient who seemed to be constipated.
She conducted a procedure normally done under general anaesthetic, without seeking the parent's consent and which was outside the Royal College of Nursing's guidance.
Mrs Kirby-Rose, who was suspended for 26 months after the incident, said she had acted in the best interests of the child, who was in great discomfort and pain.
In a statement to the NMC panel, the nurse said she had no intention of returning to the profession, or applying for work as a nurse or midwife.
The NMC found her actions amounted to a "serious breach of fundamental nursing practice".
Joanna Pearce, services area manager for Scope, said: "As soon as we found a member of staff had not followed our procedures we informed the local authority.
"We referred this member of staff to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in 2008. They were dismissed in early 2009."