A nurse who altered a doctor’s sicknote and forged signatures on her timesheets while working at Kettering General Hospital has been struck off.
Tiffany Gore doctored the records for June and July 2013, pretending they had been signed by authorised colleagues.
She was removed from the shift rota after she admitted the forgeries, following concerns raised by the payroll department.
The nurse had earlier been placed on restrictions after she changed a doctor’s sicknote so it said she had pneumonia.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has decided her name should be erased from the nursing register, after concluding that her actions brought the profession into disrepute.
A hearing in London, which Miss Gore did not attend, heard she was working as a staff nurse at Kettering General Hospital from September 2012.
She was off sick for two weeks in January 2013 and handed over a sicknote, which her line manager was suspicious about and contacted the GP who wrote it.
The doctor confirmed it had been altered to include the word “pneumonia” and Miss Gore later admitted she had added it.
She later said she realised this was an “extremely silly and unprofessional” thing to have done and the NMC committee hearing her case concluded that her actions were not dishonest.
However, it found she was guilty of dishonesty in relation to the forged signatures.
The panel said: “Miss Gore’s actions seriously breached the standards expected of a registered nurse.
“She has been found to have amended an original document on one occasion and falsified an original document on the second.
“The panel considered that it was a matter of great concern that Miss Gore appears to have demonstrated, on the first occasion, a cavalier attitude towards the presentation of accurate records and, on the second occasion, to have disregarded the requirements of honesty and integrity in the nursing profession.
“Her actions amounted to a breach of one of the fundamental tenets of the nursing profession.”
“Her actions amount to a serious breach of trust. This seriously undermines the extent to which her honesty and integrity can be relied upon.
“The panel concluded that a striking-off order was the only sanction sufficient to protect the public interest in this instance.”
Miss Gore has 28 days to appeal against the decision.