The Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal has suspended a nurse for 9 months following the nurse being convicted in Court on two charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

She used a colleague’s debit card and a patient’s credit card to pay her own debts. The Court sentenced her to do 100 hours of community service.

The Disciplinary Tribunal decided not to strike the nurse off due to her acceptance of responsibility and personal circumstances at the time of the offending, but instead to suspend her for 9 months. She was also censured and ordered to undergo further training on ethics and notify any employer of the Tribunal decision for 12 months.