May 31st, 2011

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Posted in The Job - General by 200

When one thinks of the nursing profession the usual images that spring to mind are on caring angels whose purpose is to help others.

Not so when you think about 42-year-old nursing assistant Corena Briley, who has just been jailed for 12 months for stealing.

Briley is the latest inductee into the ’200 Weeks Scum of the Week Hall of Fame’. One thing which tends to knit together the previous celebrants of my award is their devious ability to prey on society’s most vulnerable. Judge Michael Stokes told Nottingham Crown Court: “It is difficult to imaging a more serious breach of trust.”

Briley worked at Nottingham’s city hospital & tended to patients dying of cancer. That & helping herself to cash, bank cards & other personal effects from the patients’ property. She was convicted of nine charges of theft & fraud.


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  1. Fee says:

    I’d be willing to bet that those nine charges were just the tip of the iceberg, too. There are no words strong enough to describe this waste of oxygen.

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:55

  2. Tony Durham says:

    Pond life !

    June 1st, 2011 at 14:34

  3. Ex-RUC says:

    Twelve months just doesn’t seem to fit the crime, morally I mean.

    June 1st, 2011 at 15:54

  4. Tony F says:

    Hang her.

    June 1st, 2011 at 18:16

  5. Plodnomore says:

    While not excusing Briley’s actions, odious as they were, has anyone thought of how this woman came to be in the position she is was in? Briley was a Nursing Assistant, a lowly paid, non-skilled job initiated by various Trusts which looked at hospitals as businesses. My wife was, until she retired, a Registered General Nurse (working in a Coronary Care Unit but that is irrelevant). In order to qualify, she studied for for 3 years to become a State Registered Nurse. Others studied for 2 years to become a State enrolled Nurse – both highly skilled and qualified though one rather more than the other. Then NHS Trusts were formed and the bean counters felt that to have two levels of skilled nursing staff did not make financial sense (the needs or wishes of patients were ignored). SRNs became RGNs and SENs either studied to upgrade to RGN or became Nursing Assistants (a level lower than SENs). Thus, RGNs do the nursing while NAs do the lower level of patient care. Unlike SENs, NAs require no qiualifications whatsoever. Empathy with patients was not on the job description while willing to shovel shit for the minimum wage was. The result is that while the bean counters are ecstatic in keeping within budget, NHS Trusts are hiring anyone who can write their name. Today the NHS, tomorrow the Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Services and the day after, the Police. Anyone fancy volunteering as a Special?
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    June 1st, 2011 at 19:11

  6. Pasquinader says:

    Cheap words as usual from a Judge followed by pathetic lenient sentence. If indeed it was hard for His Honour Judge Stokes to imagine a more serious breach of trust perhaps he might care to explain why he thought roughly a month in the slammer for each offence was adequate.
    (9 offences of theft, 12 month sentence out in 8)

    June 2nd, 2011 at 09:52

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