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Nurse struck off for thefts
SHE was the shoplifting nurse who promised to change her ways.
But Susan Poole has been kicked out of the profession after she was caught stealing once again, a Nursing and Midwifery tribunal has determined.
The 53-year-old, of Belfry Walk, Fareham, stole about £30 of items from a supermarket – just three days after receiving an eightweek suspended sentence for shoplifting.
Poole was originally caught in January 2011 trying to take off with more than £100 of clothes at the Marks & Spencer store in Hedge End.
She was convicted of theft at Southampton Crown Court but found herself back in front of the judge accused of theft from a shop stall in August 2012.
The court heard how she was suffering from severe depression and had been working with the probation service to overcome her problems.
Poole was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months.
At her Nursing and Midwifery tribunal, Poole, who has 35 years’ experience as a nurse, said: I don’t believe I am any less of a nurse for what I have done.
“I'm ashamed of my conduct, I sort of know that it is unacceptable but I’m still a nurse.”
When questioned whether she would commit the crime again, Poole said: “I can't promise never but at the moment I have a support network.”
Panel chairman Julian Weinberg told Poole: “The panel finds that your actions do fall seriously short of the standards expected of a nurse and do amount to misconduct.
“The panel decided that the offences and the number of times that you have been convicted for theft has brought the profession into disrepute.”
Mr Weinberg spoke of the “position of privilege and trust” held by nurses and said that Poole’s actions were in clear breach of the code.
Poole denied her convictions for theft impaired her fitness to practise as a nurse, despite one of the tenets of the nursing profession being honesty and abiding by the laws of the land. But she was found guilty of misconduct and struck off the register.
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