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The aggravating features of the case are as follows:
- Protracted period during which Nurse A was unable to demonstrate competent practice;
- Significant unwarranted risk of harm to Patient A;
- Lack of remediation.
The mitigating features of the case are as follows:
- Nurse A has engaged with the NMC;
- Nurse A has made admissions to the charges, lack of competence and current impairment;
- No previous or subsequent regulatory findings or concerns;
- Remorse and developing insight.
The parties agreed that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is a suspension order for a period of six months. This would suffice to protect the public from harm, mark the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession, and send to the public and the profession a clear message about the standard of practice required of a registered nurse.