A Kettering General Hospital nurse has been cautioned by regulators after admitting working agency shifts while on sick leave.
Roseberry Chanetsa pleaded guilty to one count of fraud at a Kettering Magistrates’ Court hearing in December 2013 after carrying out 14 shifts over six weeks at hospitals in Market Harborough and Leicester.
And last week the Nursing and Midwifery Council – which noted that Chanetsa’s conduct had cost the Kettering hospital more than £3,600 – handed the nurse a four-year caution order.
The nurse had been ordered by magistrates to repay the sum in full and carry out 140 hours of unpaid community service. In its judgement, the regulators commended the remorse the nurse has shown.
Told Chanetsa’s actions had “breached fundamental tenets of the profession”, the NMC said the caution order would “serve to mark your behaviour as unacceptable, uphold standards and maintain public confidence in the profession and in the regulatory process”.
The NMC also decided against suspending Chanetsa, saying that the public “ought not to be deprived of the services of an otherwise competent nurse”.
The findings also said: “This was an isolated episode in an otherwise unblemished career.”