Two-jobs nurse is suspended
7:52am Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
A NURSE who worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital after calling in sick at The Christie has been suspended by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Annabel Rodulfa was working back-to-back shifts at both hospitals without telling her employers.
One day she worked a full 24 hours without any break.
Mrs Rodulfa was found out after she asked to change a shift at The Christie on New Year’s Eve in 2010.
She claimed it was for childcare reasons but it was because she was working at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
Her boss refused to let her change the shift at short notice, which meant she worked between 1pm and 9pm at the Christie, before travelling to Bolton, where she worked until 7.45am, before returning to The Christie and working until 1.30pm the next day.
Mrs Rodulfa was sacked by The Christie after they discovered she was also working 17.5 hours per week at the Royal Bolton Hospital in addition to the 30 hours per week she spent at The Christie.
She left the Royal Bolton Hospital shortly after the discovery of her two jobs.
The mother-of-three was employed as a band five staff nurse on an oncology ward at The Christie and as a nurse on ward D2 at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
At the hearing, she told the panel she had three children aged between three and 13 and was the sole provider for her family as her husband was unemployed.
She added that she had to pay the mortgage and to send money to her parents in the Philippines.
Mrs Rodulfa was given a sixmonth suspension order after the panel concluded her actions amounted to misconduct and her fitness to practice was impaired.
Heather Edwards, head of communications at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said Mrs Rodulfa had resigned from the Royal Bolton Hospital in the first part of 2011 and any disciplinary matters had been dealt with by The Christie.
A spokesman at The Christie said: “We can confirm Annabel Rodulfa was dismissed on March 24, 2011, as a result of an investigation which found she was working at the Royal Bolton Hospital whilst on sick leave from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.
“We reported the matter to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Ms Rodulfa did not declare her employment with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust at the time she was recruited to The Christie.”
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