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Nurse suspended for sexual relationship with patient

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« on: September 01, 2012, 02:56:51 am »

this women cant have been that vulnerable if she BUYS them both a house to live in .....

im sure had they not broken up he wouldnt be in the situ he is ...

imo she Vindictive not Vulnerable ......

A Dunedin nurse has been ordered to pay $10,000 and has had his licence suspended for three years after he entered into a sexual relationship with one of his "vulnerable" patients.

Michael Christopher Roberts, formerly of Dunedin but now living in the United Kingdom, was working as a nurse at Dunedin Hospital when between 2007 and 2010 he entered into an inappropriate relationship with a patient, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal heard.

In October 2007 the patient, identified only as Ms N, was admitted to Dunedin Hospital and then again on December 4 that year for an ongoing, unnamed condition.

At this time the woman had been separated from her husband for about 12 months and she had lost a considerable amount of weight.

"She thought she looked horrendous and that no one would ever want to be in a relationship with someone who was so sick.

"Ms N describes herself as being extremely vulnerable at that time," the report said.

At one stage when Ms N was in hospital Roberts gave her his cell phone number and acknowledged that "this is highly unprofessional".

Ms N had enjoyed Roberts' company during her admission, the report said.

"He would often spend time speaking to her when he was on duty and had been her nurse on a number of occasions. She had just been diagnosed with an extremely debilitating disease and did not think anyone would love or care for her, but then along came a nurse who showed an interest in her and did not seem to worry about the "horrible" shunt in her arm."

A sexual relationship began between the two, and the pair ended up living together in a home Ms N had purchased.

During their relationship Roberts continued to nurse Ms N when she was admitted to hospital.

In November of 2010 Roberts left Ms N.

He then moved to England where he is currently working as a registered nurse in an outpatients clinic.

Ms N eventually laid a complaint with the Nursing Council and it was then taken to the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal

"Forming a sexual relationship with a patient is recognised as being an abuse of power by the nurse against a patient who relies upon their care. As a patient, Ms N was vulnerable."

She was very unwell and came to know Roberts when he cared for her.

"This clearly amounts to professional misconduct."

The tribunal suspended his registration for three years, censured him and ordered him to pay $10,000 towards the costs to the investigation, prosecution and tribunal costs.


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