Children’s Nurse Struck Off For Stealing Medicines

A CHILDREN’S nurse was struck off for a year yesterday after she admitted stealing medicine from the hospital where she worked.

Nicola Robert, 32, of Wrexham, was promoted to senior staff nurse at the Robert and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital, Oswestry, in January 2005.

On various occasions over the following five months she stole medicine including 20 Co-co- damol tablets, eight Tramadol tablets, and five Diazepam tablets.

After more than two hours of private deliberations at MacDonald Holland House on Newport Road, Cardiff, the Nursing and Midwifery Council made a 12-month sanction.

They also imposed an 18-month interim order on Robert.

They said she has not been practising as a nurse since she was sacked.

Robert Holdsworth, the deputy chair, said although Robert did not cause harm to patients, it was only appropriate to discipline her.

He said, “We recognise she was exposed to material difficulties which explains some of the reasons for her behaviour.

“We have heard in private how she had certain domestic circumstances and was not well at the time.

“But many nurses have ill health without resorting to the theft of medicines.”

Mr Holdsworth said Robert did not attend the hearing because she assumed she would be struck off the register.