A nurse has been suspended for a year following an incident in which she texted a patient saying “I love you”. Diane Williams, who worked at Phoenix House (a rehabilitation and treatment centre in Welshpool, Powys), admitted sending messages to a male patient, but claimed to have meant the expression in a friendly way.
Williams, 42, became close to Patient A (who suffers from bipolar affective disorder) while working at the centre.
A disciplinary hearing in Cardiff was tod that the “distressed” patient showed the text to another nurse, who informed managers.
Sarah-Jane Smiles, of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said that Williams had “behaved in an inappropriate way and crossed a professional boundary”.
Written exclusively for The Life Dept | Live Longer | 4 January 2012
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