Scots nurse caught kissing patient and tagging him in ‘flirty’ post

A nurse who became infatuated with a patient and tried to strike up a sexual relationship with him has been struck off.

Anita Watson was caught kissing the man in the garden of a hospital and would spend her break time alone with him in his room.

Watson was treating the man, identified as Patient X, while working in Falkirk Community Hospital.

On another occasion she was caught on CCTV kissing him but later claimed she had been fixing a strap on his chair.

Watson tagged the patient in a ‘flirtatious’ post on Facebook and told a colleague at the Falkirk hospital she was going on a date with him.

The nurse, who qualified in 2007, also allowed him to have his hands on her knees while she placed her hands on his. 

She was reported to bosses at NHS Forth Valley and referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in November 2018.

At a virtual hearing Watson, of Falkirk, admitted posting about the man on Facebook, telling a colleague about going on a date and giving him a lift in her car.

The NMC found allegations she spent breaks with him, allowed him to have his hand on her knee and kissed him proved.

They said her conduct between July and October 2018 was sexually motivated because she wanted a future relationship with the patient and ruled she was no longer fit to practise.

In a written ruling, the NMC said: “Taken individually and collectively, the panel was satisfied that your conduct was sexually motivated in that you intended to pursue a future relationship with Patient X.

“It was of the view that it could safely draw an inference that you were pursuing a future sexual relationship with Patient X, especially in light of the fact that you had exhibited a pattern of such behaviour, for example engaging in a flirtatious Facebook post, kissing Patient X and intending to go on a date with him as well as inappropriate touching.”

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They added: “The panel noted that there was no evidence of actual harm in relation to Patient X, however it was of the view that your past actions could have caused serious emotional harm to him, as well as having the potential to cause harm to other patients on the unit, who may have witnessed what was going on.

“It formed the view that your misconduct had breached the fundamental tenets of the nursing profession and therefore brought its reputation into disrepute.

“Whilst the panel recognises the impact a striking off order will have on you, the panel was satisfied that your interests were outweighed by the public interest.”

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