Ex-Stafford Hospital Chief Nurse was “intense” with Staff
Ex-Stafford Hospital Chief Nurse was"intense" with Staff
Mrs Julie Harry the former chief nurse at Stafford Hospital admitted she was intense but not a bully.
Janice Harry said she did not bully staff at a Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary hearing.
She felt that she was “firm but fair” but that her “straight forward” manner could sometimes be misconstrued and taken as aggressive.
She denied charges against her which dated from 1998 to 2006 included in these was misconduct.
“Sometimes I can be very straightforward and sometimes it might be read as aggressive but it is not intentional” she said in the tribunal.
The charges Mrs Harry faces included alleged failures to ensure that adequate nursing staffing levels and appropriate standards of record-keeping hygiene and cleanliness administration of medication provision of nutrition and fluids and patient dignity.
Other allegations she denied were shouting at and bullying staff who had raised grievances with her and in the process allegedly creating a “stressful and unpleasant” atmosphere which made staff less keen to report problems.
It is alleged that Mrs Harry used to ask to the nursing sisters if there was “anybody going to heaven” when she was enquiring about the availability of beds on the ward.
When she was asked to comment on her “favourite expression” Mrs Harry told the tribunal “I am not sure I used those exact words but it was a question that was asked.”
Mrs Harry was insistent that despite her official title she was not the line manager for any of the hospital’s ward nurses and instead of that she oversaw clinical standards across the NHS trust.
Janice Harry worked for the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the previous Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust from 1998 to 2006.
In 1998 she was the director of nursing and quality assurance at Stafford Hospital and in 2002 was appointed director of clinical standards and chief nurse as well as director of infection prevention and control.
She denies misconduct.
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