New Zealand Health Practioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Monday, May 29, 2017



Charge No:



Ms Adrienne Rich

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Background Facts

Adrienne Jane Rich is a registered nurse formerly from Timaru.

The Charge

A Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) had laid a disciplinary charge with the Tribunal against Ms Rich.

Ms Rich had been convicted in the District Court in Christchurch on 10 April 2006 of one charge of theft of cigarettes pursuant to sections 219 and 223(d) of the Crimes Act 1961, an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months; and one charge of theft of drugs pursuant to section 11(1)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975, an offence punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding seven years.

The PCC alleged that these convictions reflected adversely on Ms Rich’s fitness to practise, thereby constituting an offence pursuant to section 100(c) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

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The Tribunal was satisfied that both convictions taken together reflected adversely on Ms Rich’s fitness to practise and indicated that her conduct fell well below the accepted standards for a registered nurse.

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The Tribunal ordered that Ms Rich’s registration as a registered nurse would be cancelled and that she should pay 30% of the total costs and expenses of and incidental to the hearing by the Tribunal and enquiry by the PCC.

The Tribunal also directed that its decision (including Ms Rich’s name) should be published in The New Zealand Gazette, Kai Tiaki: Nursing: New Zealand, New Zealand Nursing Review and the newsletter of the Nursing Council of New Zealand.

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