Care home nurse left pensioner on floor

Date published: 18 April 2014

A care home nurse accused of watching a frail pensioner having a fit on the floor for 15 minutes could lose her career.

Juliet Monk claimed the elderly woman was “seeking attention” when she collapsed and told a care assistant to leave her alone.

She said another frail pensioner could “get up off her own steam” after finding her struggling to lift herself from her bedroom floor, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Monk also forced a quiet man into communal areas against his will, pushed residents around and allegedly twisted the ankle of one elderly man at St George’s Care Centre in Moorside.

Monk denies a series of charges concerning four residents at the home, allegedly leaving each one distressed or at risk of harm by her behaviour.

She admits a more general charge that residents were confined to their rooms and were not allowed into the kitchen between midnight and 6am.

If the panel finds the charges proved when the hearing resumes next month, the maximum punishment Monk can receive is a permanent ban from the profession.