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Workplace: Representing a nurse suspended over allegations of misconduct

I have been contacted by a senior nurse from a mental health unit who has been suspended from duty over allegations of misconduct. She has asked me to represent her at her disciplinary hearing. Do you have any advice?

Question: I have been contacted by a senior nurse from a mental health unit who has been suspended from duty over allegations of misconduct. She has asked me to represent her at her disciplinary hearing. Do you have any advice?

It is vital that you meet the nurse as soon as possible before the disciplinary hearing. This will give you the opportunity to discuss what has happened, and address the anxiety the nurse undoubtedly feels about being suspended.

It is important to explain that suspension does not mean the nurse is being blamed, but is simply the action her manager and HR department deem the most appropriate in the circumstances.

You should also use this meeting to get as much information as possible about the case. If the nurse is being accused of misconduct, does this relate to one particular incident? Or is there a pattern

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