A care home nurse has been struck off after she was caught dragging a screaming resident to bed by the hair.
Osironke Olugbile, 53, also barricaded residents in their rooms, dressed them in multiple incontinence pads and switched off the call bell so they would not disturb her during the night.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard that, in addition, Olugbile left pensioners fully clothed overnight so that she did not have to dress them in the morning at the Bupa-run Collingwood Court Nursing Centre in Clapham, south London.
Finding that Olugbile’s actions amounted to ‘serious abuse’, the NMC ordered that her name be struck from the register.
Olugbile was caught when a care assistant, identified as Mr 1, witnessed the hair-pulling incident when the door to a resident’s room was left ajar.
Giving evidence, Mr 1 said he was initially worried about making a complaint after Olugbile said she had a friend with supernatural powers.
‘I was hesitant to report the issue to management because Ronke [Olugbile’s nickname] would often comment that she has someone back home, in Africa, with supernatural powers who will do whatever she says, to the point of killing someone if necessary,’ Mr 1 told the hearing.
Robert Benzyne, for the NMC, told the panel that Mr 1 witnessed the abuse on August 6, 2010.
‘He approached room 59 where he heard screaming and shouting. The door to the room was ajar and he witnessed the registrant pulling Resident A’s hair trying to get her to bed.’
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She also turned off the call bell on several occasions, it was said, preventing vulnerable patients from summoning help.
The nurse, who had claimed she was a victim of a ‘conspiracy’, was struck off the register and will not be able to apply for restoration for five years.
NMC panel chairman Clive Powell said: ‘The panel determined that some of your conduct amounted to serious abuse.
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