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The panel decided that the need to uphold confidence in the profession and maintain proper professional standards would be undermined if a finding of were not made in the particular circumstances of this case.
Nurse A’s actions brought the nursing profession into disrepute. He entered into a physical altercation with a patient in his care and failed to follow best practice and trust policy in attempting to restrain a patient.
Determination on sanction
The panel considered this case very carefully and decided to make a suspension order
- There has been minimal evidence of insight and no evidence of remediation
- Nurse A displayed conduct which could foreseeably cause harm
- This was a single incident
- There has been no evidence of repetition
- There have been no previous regulatory concerns
- Nurse A had otherwise had a long and unblemished nursing career spanning 16 years.
The panel then went on to consider whether a suspension order would be an appropriate sanction. It had regard to the fact that the misconduct related to a single incident and that there has been no evidence of repetition.
The panel has identified public protection issues, together with attitudinal issues. However, in light of Nusre A’s previous unblemished career, and in the absence of evidence of repetition, the panel considered that the attitudinal issues were not likely to be deep seated.
It was of the view that a period of suspension would be sufficient to protect patients and the public interest and to give a clear message to Nurse A and the profession as to the standards expected of a registered nurse.
It would allow Nurse A sufficient time to reflect on the misconduct that led to these proceedings being brought and develop the necessary insight and remediation into his behaviour.