nurse cautioned after falling in love with patient
by Staff Reporter
community psychiatric nurse who fell in love with a patient and
later married him has been cautioned at a misconduct hearing.
Karen Brock, aged 44 and from Plymouth, was last week found to have
failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries in her relationship
with 'service user A'.
Brock, who had a child with the man, told a Nursing and Widwifery
Council panel she accepted she had "overstepped professional
boundaries" but she fell in love and now has a loving and stable
relationship with the man.
feelings are just very difficult to cast aside," she said.
hearing was reported in full by Plymouth's Herald newspaper.
charge relates to a period between December 2003 and October 2004
when Ms Brock was employed as a community psychiatric nurse by Plymouth
Teaching Primary Care Trust, a panel in Plymouth heard.
Brock said she only had a social relationship with the man towards
the "very very end" of the time he was in her care.
Kelly, chairman of the hearing, said the panel had determined Ms
Brock's fitness to practice was impaired by reason of misconduct.
said it amounted to a "breach of trust" between Ms Brock
and "vulnerable service user A".
Brock, who now works privately and said she hopes to move into nurse
education, was given a five-year caution order, The Herald reported.
She will remain a registered nurse who is able to practice.
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