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Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. When you say 'safe' do you mean that she intends to try and back out of this in some way or is she going to admit what she did?
The problem with these situations is that if she tries to find a way out and starts trying to bend the truth, try to deny responsibility or find excuses that do not necessarily exist, it could make things much worse for her.
If she was caught red handed as you say, the evidence is there and it is clear what she did, then there is no point in trying to get out of it. The best approach would be to admit her errors, apologise and express remorse for her actions and provide any mitigating factors which may explain why she acted in the way she did. I cannot make up these factors for her – she needs to consider whether anything provides her with a justification or a good reason to try and explain why she did this.
The more she tries to dig a hole for herself the more difficult it would be to get out of it. And sadly there is nothing that would guarantee this does not go any further because the employer will have a duty to report in many circumstances.
Ok I cannot tell you what she should write – this needs to be a statement in her own words so you would not get a lawyer to tell her what she needs to write. What you have written all sounds fine as long as it is what actually happened. I cannot advocate that she writes untrue things or things that did not take place so as long as this is what she believes happened then she can indeed write this in her statement. As mentioned there is nothing that would guarantee this does not go any further – this is a decision the employer takes and it does not only depend on her statement – they will take statements from others who were involved on that day and what they say will have a big influence too, so she cannot influence these statements and what happens next.
I do not see any issues with mentioning talking to the patient.
I cannot comment on the other nurse's statement - just as your friend has the right to say whatever she believes happened, so does the other nurse. If she genuinely believes that this is what happened she can say it - but in the absence of any other evidence the employer should be careful about how much they rely on it. As to talking to the patient, nothing in law says that they should have been talked to that same day - ideally yes but legally, not required
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If she is the one who has been in the wrong, then try not to hide that fact and put the blame on someone else - best to come forward and admit any errors, offering remorse and apologising, perhaps requesting extra training if necessary to show a willingness to improve.
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