A 34-year-old nurse has been struck off the register by the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) for inappropriate conduct.
The Independent Conduct and Competence Committee panel heard how Lynsey Brown, who was employed as a registered nurse at the Churchwood Medical Practice, knowingly entered or allowed to be entered inappropriate and sexually explicit material onto a personal profile on a website.
Ms Brown, who was not present at the hearing, identified herself as a “professional nurse” and “senior nurse” on the site and listed her personal details and preferred sexual practices.
On 12 April 2005, having discussed her nursing career via email with Daniel Jones, an undercover reporter, Brown accepted payment of £120 and agreed to provide him with sexual services on a subsequent date while dressed in her nursing uniform.
Following Brown’s admission that her fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct, the independent panel decided to remove her from the register.
The panel had no doubt that her conduct undermined the trust and confidence the public rightly expect from the nursing profession, and that her actions brought the profession into disrepute.
NMC spokesperson, Sarah Connolly, said: “Brown’s actions were a serious departure from the NMC Code and the standards expected of someone in a caring profession.
“Despite her good work history prior to the event, this was a deliberate act and Brown has admitted her behaviour impaired her fitness to practice.
“Her actions undermined the reputation of the profession and the independent panel were convinced a striking off order was necessary for the protection of the public and to uphold public confidence in the nursing profession.”
Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)
“Yes definitely. Given the professional nature of their jobs they should consider whether detailed personal information is necessary, and the potential risks of providing too much information on these sites” – Anne Care, location withheld