A nurse has been barred from working at a care home in Merseyside after slapping, punching, and kicking an elderly man with dementia.
On the night of October 28, 2019, Lohan Monalisa Maria was working a night shift at Birch Tree Manor Care Home in Port Sunlight, Wirral, when she started her attack.
Her acts, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, “amounted to bullying, harassment, and physical assault.”
The nurse had left the country after the disciplinary hearing and was not there to hear the decision.
Ms Monalisa Maria’s behavior as nurse in charge had been challenged by colleagues, according to the NMC.
The incident was reported by two healthcare aides.
Ms Monalisa Maria approached the elderly guy from behind and “slapped both sides of his head a few times,” according to one witness.
“I couldn’t believe what I’d seen; I was completely disgusted, and words can’t express how sorry I was,” the witness stated.
According to the panel, Ms Monalisa Maria then hit the victim in the back several times before kicking him.
The care home immediately suspended her, and the police were notified.
Officers acknowledged that they were unable to reach Ms Monalisa Maria because she had left the country, according to the NMC.
Her acts “fell well short of the conduct and standards expected of a nurse and amounted to misconduct,” according to the panel.
Because a striking-off order cannot take effect until the completion of the 28-day appeal process, an interim order was made.
The care home’s operator, Bondcare, expressed its “sadness and disappointment” over the incident.
“We’ve had a change in management at the home since 19 October, and we’ve placed monitoring systems to ensure the safety of our residents and workers,” the spokesperson added.
“Our residents’ health and well-being are our first priority, and this incident in no way reflects on our exceptional and committed employees or home.”