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Nurse allowed to carry on working.

Byline: Mark Smith Health correspondent mark.smith@walesonline.co.uk

A NURSE who referred to two of her colleagues as J Bieber and P Diddy on an official document as a "prank" has been allowed to carry on working.

Lucy Joyner wrote down the two popstars' names on a handover report which was circulated to all staff at Cardiff mental health unit Ty Catrin.

Miss Joyner said she used the names of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, incorrectly spelt "J Beiber" on the document, and American rapper P Diddy out of "humour" to cope with work stress.

The nurse was found not to have committed misconduct - and was therefore not stuck off the nursing register - after her joke was judged to be "unprofessional" but not strong enough to lose her career.

But the Nursing and Midwifery Council found she had committed misconduct when she took a patient to visit her sister.

A report following the conclusion of the hearing stated: "The panel was satisfied that you had not intended for the handover report to be circulated with the false names on it, and that this was an attempt by you at humour.

"It was an unfinished document that was unexpectedly circulated by another colleague in good faith.

"The panel is satisfied that you did not attempt to conceal your actions by placing blame on other colleagues, nor did you intend to cause harm to any colleagues by your actions.

"The panel determined that whilst your actions were misguided and unprofessional, they were not so serious as to amount to misconduct.

"You were extremely apologetic and remorseful for your actions."

Miss Joyner was dismissed from Ty Catrin, a mental health hospital in Ely, after the popstars joke on the official document.

But the nurse was found to have committed misconduct when she took a patient, known as Patient B in the report, to visit her sister.

The disciplinary hearing was told she is now volunteering as a mentor to young adults.

The report said: "There was nothing in the nature and type of the leave that was contrary to Patient B's interests and it was actually of benefit to her.

"It accepted the evidence that there was no clinical reason preventing the proposed leave.

"However, the panel determined that you should not have taken Patient B on that leave without first ensuring that you had read and understood the current and valid Section 17 leave form to satisfy yourself that such leave was authorised."

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