Four nurses deregistered after patient death

The mental health nurses failed to observe the man, who had suicidal ideation, every half an hour as medically requested

Four mental health nurses have been deregistered after an indigenous patient with a history of self-harm suicided during their night shift at a large Sydney hospital.

The nurses were instructed by a doctor to do observations every 30 minutes, but a coroner later found the patient could have been dead for up to eight hours because they had failed to make the requested checks. 

One of the nurses claimed it was common practice for only hourly checks to be conducted overnight, where