Nurse borrowed from patient aged 90 in Cambridgeshire

A nurse working in Cambridgeshire who was loaned more than £16,000 by a "vulnerable" 90-year-old patient has been struck off.

Psychiatric nurse Sindiswa Nkosi, 56, was found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

She was working for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health NHS Trust when she formed an "inappropriate relationship" with "patient A".

Ms Nkosi breached the NMC's code of conduct, a panel ruled.

It heard that between October and December 2006 Ms Nkosi, who was working as a registered nurse, accepted and subsequently cashed a cheque for £8,000 from the patient.

The panel found further proof that she engaged in an "inappropriate relationship" with him between July 2006, when she became responsible for his care, and September 2007.

'Taken advantage of'

The hearing was told she also made use of his phone, disclosed personal information about herself and her family and undertook shopping for him.

She accepted a further sum of money of £8,593 from patient A in September 2007, paid by him through a money transfer, then allowed him to visit her flat in January 2008.

The panel determined that Ms Nkosi's fitness to practise was impaired by reason of her misconduct.

In its written judgment the panel said: "She did express remorse for what had occurred and did demonstrate some insight with regard to the loans in the letter of apology she wrote to Patient A."

Referring to patient A, the panel said: "He was a vulnerable patient who was taken advantage of by the registrant."

The judgment added: "Her misconduct was a serious departure from the relevant standards set out in the Code and that it was fundamentally incompatible with her remaining on the register."

The panel determined it was also necessary to impose an interim suspension order of 18 months to cover the appeal period.

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