Sorina Radu, a former nurse at the Ledbury Nursing Home in Herefordshire has been suspended by the NMC after being found guilty of theft.
Ms Radu was suspended for nine months after stealing a number of items, including a fishcake from the home’s kitchen and residents’ chocolate and perfume.
A search of the senior support worker’s bag on April 22 2017, found stolen items including: two packets of hearing aid batteries; a bottle of fruit squash; a carton of milk; a toilet roll; napkins and tissues; a fishcake from the home’s kitchen; a bar of chocolate; a bottle of perfume; two plastic beakers; six pieces of cake; a jar of jam; and a plastic beaker with beans inside.
The NMC commented: “The panel considered that by stealing from her employer and from her patients Ms Radu acted in breach of trust and brought the profession into disrepute.
“In addition, the panel considered that it was a fundamental tenet of the profession that nurses should act with honesty and integrity at all times so that people in their care can trust them. By her actions, Ms Radu breached that fundamental tenet. The panel further noted that theft is, by definition, dishonest.”
Ms Radu, who has been dismissed by the home for gross misconduct, was suspended for nine months.