Nurse Maggi Abraham, suspended from Arden House Nursing Home in Kings Langley after catalogue of failings

Watford Observer: Maggi Abraham Maggi Abraham

A "nasty" nurse who left an elderly patient’s leg bleeding after throwing her into a wheelchair has been suspended for six months.

Maggi Abraham refused to apologise to the patient and said "you English are so four faced" when a colleague said sorry on her behalf.

Abraham, who has been a nurse for 25 years, was found guilty of a string of failings during her time at Arden House Nursing Home in Kings Langley, between May and August 2009.

They included leaving a Parkinson's sufferer sobbing with terror by pulling the covers off her bed in the middle of the night.

She also tried to get care assistants to lie for her when a resident fell from a hoist and banged her head, and chatted on the phone while helping a patient use the toilet.

Abraham also pulled a resident's hair and shouted at another.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council decided not to strike her off however, after hearing of her "exemplary" work at another care home in the three years since the misconduct.

Care assistant Linda Hall, told the hearing how she felt obliged to apologise on Abraham's behalf after she left an elderly woman, referred to as Resident B, bleeding: "Maggi did not lower Resident B down gently, she literally threw her into her wheelchair.

"Resident B's skin was very delicate and because of how rough Maggi was with her, her skin tore and bled.

"Maggi did not say anything to Resident B and she did not apologise.

"I remember that Maggi tutted and walked off to get a dressing.

"I felt so uncomfortable that I ended up apologising to Resident B on Maggi's behalf.

"Resident B said 'it wasn't you, it was her she's so rough'.

"Maggi overheard Resident B saying this and she said ‘you English are so four faced’ or words to that effect. I think she meant "two faced’."

Ms Hall said she found another resident sobbing in fear in the middle of the night after Abraham ripped the covers from her bed.

The nurse also pulled a resident's hair while giving them their medication, and squeezed their lips to make sure they swallowed.

In another incident, Ms Hall told the panel how Abraham "rudely" talked on the phone while assisting a resident on the toilet.

Ruling that she was not fit to work without sanctions, panel chair Paula Burton said: "Through her actions, Ms Abraham failed to treat vulnerable, elderly residents with dignity and respect.

"These were residents that were dependent on Ms Abraham for their health, safety and well being."

But she said it would be "disproportionate" to strike off Abraham, noting she has worked as Deputy Unit Manager at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Explorer Drive, Watford, for three years without incident.

Registered manager of the home, Emma Parker, provided a glowing reference for Abraham, saying she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with".

Ms Burton concluded: "Whilst the panel considers that some of Ms Abraham's failings demonstrated attitudinal problems, it does not consider these to be deep-seated or irremediable.

"The panel is satisfied that, notwithstanding the seriousness of Ms Abraham's failings, the circumstances of this case are not such that the requirements of public protection and the public interest could only be met by a striking off order.

"Having regard to the circumstances of the case, the panel considers that a period of suspension would be a sufficient sanction.'

Abraham will now be banned from working as a nurse for six months.

She had denied the charges.

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1:48pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

Suspended for six months?

When is she going to be prosecuted for assault?

Six months inside more like and a striking off would be more my idea of justice for this "nurse".

We don't need nurses with that mindset, never have and never will. Get rid of her and if she's foreign, as sounds possible, deport her after she finishes her sentence.
Suspended for six months? When is she going to be prosecuted for assault? Six months inside more like and a striking off would be more my idea of justice for this "nurse". We don't need nurses with that mindset, never have and never will. Get rid of her and if she's foreign, as sounds possible, deport her after she finishes her sentence. MarsLander

2:25pm Tue 12 Feb 13

davesol says...

MarsLander wrote:
Suspended for six months?

When is she going to be prosecuted for assault?

Six months inside more like and a striking off would be more my idea of justice for this "nurse".

We don't need nurses with that mindset, never have and never will. Get rid of her and if she's foreign, as sounds possible, deport her after she finishes her sentence.
Just as well the decision was taken by experienced people at the The Nursing and Midwifery Council taking all the facts into account rather than knee-jerk reactionists then isn't it!
[quote][p][bold]MarsLander[/bold] wrote: Suspended for six months? When is she going to be prosecuted for assault? Six months inside more like and a striking off would be more my idea of justice for this "nurse". We don't need nurses with that mindset, never have and never will. Get rid of her and if she's foreign, as sounds possible, deport her after she finishes her sentence.[/p][/quote]Just as well the decision was taken by experienced people at the The Nursing and Midwifery Council taking all the facts into account rather than knee-jerk reactionists then isn't it! davesol

2:49pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

I beg to differ
I beg to differ MarsLander

2:51pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

Bad nurses need removing, poor nurses need making good, good nurses deserve our gratitude.

Anyone who can do what she did is a bad nurse and anecdotal evidence shows there's a lot of them about. They need rooting out and removing from the system.
Bad nurses need removing, poor nurses need making good, good nurses deserve our gratitude. Anyone who can do what she did is a bad nurse and anecdotal evidence shows there's a lot of them about. They need rooting out and removing from the system. MarsLander

3:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

davesol says...

"poor nurses need making good"

But she said it would be "disproportionate" to strike off Abraham, noting she has worked as Deputy Unit Manager at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Explorer Drive, Watford, for three years without incident.

Registered manager of the home, Emma Parker, provided a glowing reference for Abraham, saying she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with".

So doesn't that sounds like a poor nurse made good?
"poor nurses need making good" But she said it would be "disproportionate" to strike off Abraham, noting she has worked as Deputy Unit Manager at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Explorer Drive, Watford, for three years without incident. Registered manager of the home, Emma Parker, provided a glowing reference for Abraham, saying she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". So doesn't that sounds like a poor nurse made good? davesol

3:10pm Tue 12 Feb 13

OAC Bailiff says...

suspend her for life from caring she doesnt care about anyone except herself nasty **** ban her for life how many more care homes is this happening
suspend her for life from caring she doesnt care about anyone except herself nasty **** ban her for life how many more care homes is this happening OAC Bailiff

3:59pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

davesol wrote:
"poor nurses need making good"

But she said it would be "disproportionate" to strike off Abraham, noting she has worked as Deputy Unit Manager at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Explorer Drive, Watford, for three years without incident.

Registered manager of the home, Emma Parker, provided a glowing reference for Abraham, saying she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with".

So doesn't that sounds like a poor nurse made good?
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"A "nasty" nurse who left an elderly patient’s leg bleeding after throwing her into a wheelchair has been suspended for six months.

They included leaving a Parkinson's sufferer sobbing with terror by pulling the covers off her bed in the middle of the night.

Abraham also pulled a resident's hair and shouted at another.

Maggi did not lower Resident B down gently, she literally threw her into her wheelchair. Resident B's skin was very delicate and because of how rough Maggi was with her, her skin tore and bled."

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No, it doesn't sound like a poor nurse made good.

It sounds like a bad nurse who should be got rid of to me.

Anyone who displays that attitude towards the people she is responsible for caring for should not be allowed to care for people, ever. That's her nature, she was never taught to treat people that way as part of a nursing course.

It's criminal letting her continue at all.

It's about her attitude towards vulnerable people. Her attitude stinks to high heaven. This sort of nurse is the one we all fear if our relatives need this sort of care and the care system should strike her off both to get rid of this sort of awful nurse and also to send a message to others that this type of attitude is not tolerated.

I would absolutely dread her ever caring for a relative of mine. With people like her in the system, now in management unbelievably, how will we ever clean it up?
[quote][p][bold]davesol[/bold] wrote: "poor nurses need making good" But she said it would be "disproportionate" to strike off Abraham, noting she has worked as Deputy Unit Manager at Rivercourt Nursing Home, Explorer Drive, Watford, for three years without incident. Registered manager of the home, Emma Parker, provided a glowing reference for Abraham, saying she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". So doesn't that sounds like a poor nurse made good?[/p][/quote]====== "A "nasty" nurse who left an elderly patient’s leg bleeding after throwing her into a wheelchair has been suspended for six months. They included leaving a Parkinson's sufferer sobbing with terror by pulling the covers off her bed in the middle of the night. Abraham also pulled a resident's hair and shouted at another. Maggi did not lower Resident B down gently, she literally threw her into her wheelchair. Resident B's skin was very delicate and because of how rough Maggi was with her, her skin tore and bled." ==== No, it doesn't sound like a poor nurse made good. It sounds like a bad nurse who should be got rid of to me. Anyone who displays that attitude towards the people she is responsible for caring for should not be allowed to care for people, ever. That's her nature, she was never taught to treat people that way as part of a nursing course. It's criminal letting her continue at all. It's about her attitude towards vulnerable people. Her attitude stinks to high heaven. This sort of nurse is the one we all fear if our relatives need this sort of care and the care system should strike her off both to get rid of this sort of awful nurse and also to send a message to others that this type of attitude is not tolerated. I would absolutely dread her ever caring for a relative of mine. With people like her in the system, now in management unbelievably, how will we ever clean it up? MarsLander

4:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

dontknowynot says...

why did it take the council to put on trial so long?shes been working nasty person vurnerable folk no one to speak up for them then to be trated like that.
why did it take the council to put on trial so long?shes been working nasty person vurnerable folk no one to speak up for them then to be trated like that. dontknowynot

6:57pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

very good point.

Why has it taken so long to look at this feeble excuse for a nurse? Where's our protection from "nurses" like her if once she's been found out it takes years to deal with her and then she gets off incredibly lightly?

"Care homes" rings about as true as the "ministry for truth".
very good point. Why has it taken so long to look at this feeble excuse for a nurse? Where's our protection from "nurses" like her if once she's been found out it takes years to deal with her and then she gets off incredibly lightly? "Care homes" rings about as true as the "ministry for truth". MarsLander

7:51pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Nascot says...

"you English are so four faced"

Is that not a race crime? Surely if the comment used words describing someone of Asian or other descent they would be prosecuted accordingly.
"you English are so four faced" Is that not a race crime? Surely if the comment used words describing someone of Asian or other descent they would be prosecuted accordingly. Nascot

11:04pm Tue 12 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

Nascot wrote:
"you English are so four faced"

Is that not a race crime? Surely if the comment used words describing someone of Asian or other descent they would be prosecuted accordingly.
What an unpleasant person she is. Who would like to be under her care?

If I had a resident at Rivercourt I would be worried!
[quote][p][bold]Nascot[/bold] wrote: "you English are so four faced" Is that not a race crime? Surely if the comment used words describing someone of Asian or other descent they would be prosecuted accordingly.[/p][/quote]What an unpleasant person she is. Who would like to be under her care? If I had a resident at Rivercourt I would be worried! MarsLander

5:13pm Wed 13 Feb 13

JeethJose says...

I just read this news, seeing that the nurse's pin was not striked off, if nurse Abraham was proved guilty then she would not be working as a nurse completely, but she is only suspended for 6 months.
how does anyone know if she actually did these things? the carers who were with her and said witnessed her doing these things mentioned above...how do we know if they are telling the truth?
The panel decision could have been an unfair decision? if she has worked as a nurse for 25 years then she is a faithful nurse, why was this accusations made to her all of a sudden? she then worked in Rivercourt for 3 years, if she was a "nasty" nurse then she would have done something there as well but her manager praised her and said she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". No one thought about her good side, being a nurse for 25 years caring for the sick, but everyone thought about her bad side...
I just read this news, seeing that the nurse's pin was not striked off, if nurse Abraham was proved guilty then she would not be working as a nurse completely, but she is only suspended for 6 months. how does anyone know if she actually did these things? the carers who were with her and said witnessed her doing these things mentioned above...how do we know if they are telling the truth? The panel decision could have been an unfair decision? if she has worked as a nurse for 25 years then she is a faithful nurse, why was this accusations made to her all of a sudden? she then worked in Rivercourt for 3 years, if she was a "nasty" nurse then she would have done something there as well but her manager praised her and said she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". No one thought about her good side, being a nurse for 25 years caring for the sick, but everyone thought about her bad side... JeethJose

5:19pm Wed 13 Feb 13

OAC Bailiff says...

theres probably more who were to scared to say anything if that was my mother or father id be gunning for her good and proper and do the same to her get rid of her for good
theres probably more who were to scared to say anything if that was my mother or father id be gunning for her good and proper and do the same to her get rid of her for good OAC Bailiff

6:03pm Wed 13 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

A lot of this goes on in hospitals and nursing homes, it's about time we stood up and got rid of this stain on our caring services.

This nurse has patients and staff witnessing her bad nursing, quite a powerful combination and quite difficult to arrange in a conspiracy.

The body of evidence was sufficient that she was punished, albeit very lightly.

Let's get rid of the bad ones and let people who actually have a caring nature do the jobs. It used to work that way.

She should never practice again. All in Riverside, watch out!
A lot of this goes on in hospitals and nursing homes, it's about time we stood up and got rid of this stain on our caring services. This nurse has patients and staff witnessing her bad nursing, quite a powerful combination and quite difficult to arrange in a conspiracy. The body of evidence was sufficient that she was punished, albeit very lightly. Let's get rid of the bad ones and let people who actually have a caring nature do the jobs. It used to work that way. She should never practice again. All in Riverside, watch out! MarsLander

6:25pm Wed 13 Feb 13

MarsLander says...

JeethJose wrote:
I just read this news, seeing that the nurse's pin was not striked off, if nurse Abraham was proved guilty then she would not be working as a nurse completely, but she is only suspended for 6 months.
how does anyone know if she actually did these things? the carers who were with her and said witnessed her doing these things mentioned above...how do we know if they are telling the truth?
The panel decision could have been an unfair decision? if she has worked as a nurse for 25 years then she is a faithful nurse, why was this accusations made to her all of a sudden? she then worked in Rivercourt for 3 years, if she was a "nasty" nurse then she would have done something there as well but her manager praised her and said she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". No one thought about her good side, being a nurse for 25 years caring for the sick, but everyone thought about her bad side...
I don't care how long she has been a good nurse, or how long she has got away without being outed as a bad nurse.

The simple fact is she crossed a line, several times, that a nurse should never ever cross.

There is only one decent course of action and that is to strike her off. I for one would never trust her to administer any form of care. She deserves to be struck off.

If she has not been caught the last three years it may be because she knew this case was coming up and was keen to look good, or it may be she has got smarter and made sure she didn't get caught. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and this leopard with particularly ugly spots is no exception.

She was pretty stupid last time, doing it in front of witnesses. This time for once, a witness, a health care worker, stood up and told the truth and blew the whistle on a fellow worker, a very difficult decision to make but one we must all applaud to the heavens. We should be praising the whistleblower, not trying to refloat the career of a ruined nurse who does not deserve to be saved.

I sincerely hope she never works in health care again. She is a danger to patients and a blot on the NHS. Each and every one of us deserve better than her, much better.
[quote][p][bold]JeethJose[/bold] wrote: I just read this news, seeing that the nurse's pin was not striked off, if nurse Abraham was proved guilty then she would not be working as a nurse completely, but she is only suspended for 6 months. how does anyone know if she actually did these things? the carers who were with her and said witnessed her doing these things mentioned above...how do we know if they are telling the truth? The panel decision could have been an unfair decision? if she has worked as a nurse for 25 years then she is a faithful nurse, why was this accusations made to her all of a sudden? she then worked in Rivercourt for 3 years, if she was a "nasty" nurse then she would have done something there as well but her manager praised her and said she was "one of the most gentle, kind nurses she had ever worked with". No one thought about her good side, being a nurse for 25 years caring for the sick, but everyone thought about her bad side...[/p][/quote]I don't care how long she has been a good nurse, or how long she has got away without being outed as a bad nurse. The simple fact is she crossed a line, several times, that a nurse should never ever cross. There is only one decent course of action and that is to strike her off. I for one would never trust her to administer any form of care. She deserves to be struck off. If she has not been caught the last three years it may be because she knew this case was coming up and was keen to look good, or it may be she has got smarter and made sure she didn't get caught. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and this leopard with particularly ugly spots is no exception. She was pretty stupid last time, doing it in front of witnesses. This time for once, a witness, a health care worker, stood up and told the truth and blew the whistle on a fellow worker, a very difficult decision to make but one we must all applaud to the heavens. We should be praising the whistleblower, not trying to refloat the career of a ruined nurse who does not deserve to be saved. I sincerely hope she never works in health care again. She is a danger to patients and a blot on the NHS. Each and every one of us deserve better than her, much better. MarsLander

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