A male nurse has been found guilty of misconduct after he downloaded an obscene image onto a hospital computer.
Dennis Griffiths, 32, of Kingswinford, West Midlands, was told that he would be allowed to continue practising as a registered nurse despite his actions.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council disciplinary panel heard that Mr Griffiths downloaded an image of an Alsatian dog mounting a naked man and saved it as wallpaper on the computer on the ward where he worked.
A female colleague was unexpectedly confronted by the image when she later logged on to the computer.
The image made her “sick to her stomach” and she was deeply traumatised to the extent that she eventually underwent six counselling sessions, the panel heard.
Mr Griffiths, who argued that the image was neither obscene nor indecent, was found guilty of a series of charges at the end of a four-day NMC hearing in Cardiff, south Wales.
He was working for Dudley Group of Hospitals Trust at Russells Hall Hospital when the incident occurred in July 2007.
Mr Griffiths had already been suspended and later sacked from his job with the trust.
Despite an 18-month career change as a driving instructor, he has since returned to work as a registered nurse.
The NMC panel ruled that, despite his actions amounting to misconduct, no further action would be taken against him.
The panel took the view that it had been a one-off incident which was very unlikely to be repeated.
Mr Griffiths had denied accessing an obscene and/or indecent image on a trust computer within the hospital ward where he worked.
He also denied failing to take appropriate action to protect colleagues, visitors and patients being exposed to the image.
The NMC disciplinary panel found him guilty of both allegations.