Nurse who threatened to kick Alzheimer's patient 'in the balls' struck off

A nurse who threatened to kick an Alzheimer’s patient ‘in the balls’ and called another vulnerable care home resident a ‘f***ing dog’ has been struck off.

Carol Briggs told the Alzheimer’s patient as he lay on the floor at the Willow Court Care Home in Harpenden, Hertfordshire to ‘get the f**k up, I’ve seen you walk and I’m not breaking my back for you’.

When the patient became distressed and started tipping things over on December 17, 2017, she told him to ‘pack it in’.

Holding the elderly man down by the wrist, she told a colleague: ‘If this bastard hurts me I will drop kick him in the balls and he will fall to the floor.’

She then locked the patient in his room, causing him to shout for help while banging on the door, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

Briggs, who resigned in 2018, boasted to her colleague that she could deal with ‘the f***ers’ because she had previously worked in a prison.

She also told another resident he ‘stank’ on January 13, 2018, and complained she didn’t get paid enough for ‘this s**t’.

When another vulnerable patient urinated at the bottom of his bed, Briggs told him: ‘F***ing pack that in and use the toilet, you dirty bastard.

‘You’re like a f***ing dog. You’ve pissed all over yourself. Now get back to bed, it’s f***ing late.’

Briggs admitted all of the allegations and accepted they amounted to misconduct.

NMC panel chairman Andrew Harvey said: ‘It is accepted that although none of the residents suffered any physical harm, they would have suffered with a significant degree of distress, especially when being locked in their rooms.

‘It is further accepted that by not following policy when dealing with vulnerable residents creates a risk of both physical and psychological harm being caused to them.

‘It is accepted that being a nurse, the primary role is to provide care to those who are vulnerable and those who are in need of care.

‘It is accepted that there has been a failure in that duty of care and the behaviour displayed demonstrated a lack of dignity and respect towards those in the registrant’s care.

‘It is accepted that the registrant has fundamentally breached her primary role as a nurse – championing the vulnerable.’

Briggs was not present and not represented at the hearing as her 30-year career ended with her being struck off the medical register.

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