Sheffield nurse loses job after daring colleagues to taste leftover medication

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A Sheffield nurse who dared her colleagues to taste a liquid painkiller containing morphine has been struck off.

Jane Chady, who worked for BUPA, encouraged fellow workers at Broomcroft House Nursing Home to drink leftover Oramorph, a strong addictive drug, by saying it was ‘sweet’.

Two members of staff at the home on Ecclesall Road South, Ecclesall, tasted the drug, which had been prescribed to a resident, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard.

Chady was dismissed for gross misconduct three months later, in June 2013, but failed to inform a new employer that she had been sacked by BUPA and was under investigation by the NMC.

She has now been struck off the nursing register because of her misconduct.

NMC chairman Andrew Gell said: “The conduct in this case was, in the panel’s view, fundamentally incompatible with the expectation that a reasonable member of the public would have of the standards of a registered nurse.

“She failed to acknowledge the seriousness and the potential consequences of her actions.

“Ms Chady’s actions in allowing her colleagues to taste the oramorph, a controlled drug, were extremely serious.

“She had been deliberately dishonest in concealing that she was dismissed from BUPA and subsequently under investigation by the NMC.

‘The panel did not consider this to be a single incident of misconduct but rather there was misconduct and multiple acts of dishonesty.”