A nurse who was caught drinking while driving after police found her driving suspiciously has been warned by the Nurses and Midwives Council (NMC).
Natalie Louise Robinson was found guilty of drunk driving at Teesside Magistrates Court on October 25 last year after she drank four gins before getting behind the wheel of her BMW.
The county nurse, from Ingleby Barwick, North Yorkshire, was arrested by police after motorists beeped her to warn them about a BMW slowing around the roundabout.
She has 143 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Natalie Louise Robinson was arrested by police after motorists beeped her to warn them about a BMW driving slowly around a roundabout
The 43-year-old was given an eight-week suspended sentence for a year and banned from driving for two years after she pleaded guilty to drinking while driving. She has no previous convictions.
During the trial, it was alleged that alcohol was used as a ‘coping mechanism’ against Ms Robinson following an ‘abusive relationship’. It has also been suggested that her role as a district nurse during the coronavirus pandemic resulted in ‘severe mental stress.’
According to a report, Ms. Robinson attended a misconduct hearing before NMC last month after introducing herself to the regulator.
The report said she had completed training since the case and returned to full-time nursing duties.
She apologized to the NMC board, told them she was ‘appalled’ by her actions and assured it would not happen again.
As a result of the hearing, she was given a one-year warning. The order ensures that Ms. Robinson’s name appears on the NMC register and indicates that she is subject to the order of caution and that anyone who inquires about her registration will be notified.
The report states: ‘The panel determined that the imposition of a one-year prudence order would be an appropriate and proportionate response.
‘In a year, your employer or any potential employer will receive notice that your ability to exercise is found to be impaired.
The county nurse was found guilty of drunk driving at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on October 25 last year
‘The order of caution will highlight not only the importance of maintaining public confidence in the profession, but also sending the public and the profession a clear message about the standards required of a nurse. Registered.’
The report added that imposing a suspension, which would suspend Ms Robinson from the NMC registry, would be ‘disproportionate and punitive’.
‘Based on their finding that your fitness to exercise is impaired solely for the benefit of the community, and taking into account your insight, remedial efforts, and low risk of repetition, the panel determined that the suspension would be disproportionate and punitive in nature. stated report.
‘According to the panel’s ruling, the public interest does not require you to have your NMC registration suspended. The panel determined that the public interest included permitting another safe and competent practitioner to practice without restriction.
‘In arriving at this decision, the panel noted that you had worked full time as a registered nurse for the past six months, with no concerns about your practice. It is particularly interested in your colleague’s comment, who said that ‘[you are] can impart knowledge, [compassion] and empathy’.
‘Your colleague also said, ‘I think it would be a huge loss for our service and nursing in general to lose Natalie at such a critical time’.
Normally, practitioners are barred from returning to work until they have finished their prison term but in Ms. Robinson’s case, the NMC decided to allow her to return to work.
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