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Naïve nurse reveals all

PUBLISHED: 12:34 24 September 2009 | UPDATED: 17:11 25 August 2010

A NURSE who exposed her breast and pretended to feed a new mum s baby for a joke photograph admitted she had been naïve.

A NURSE who exposed her breast and pretended to feed a new mum's baby for a joke photograph admitted she had been naïve.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) heard that Greenwich Primary Care Trust health visitor Tamary Dube, 32, posed for the picture after forging a close relationship with the baby girl's parents.

But the 'prank' backfired when the tot's father threatened to show the photo to police if Dube, from Chatham, did not take the infant off the child protection register, the panel heard.

They heard how the family had a long history of social services involvement, including having seven children taken into care due to domestic violence and alcohol misuse.

The nurse admits she became "over familiar" with the couple, referred to as B and C, and allowed them to visit her home.

During one of the visits, the mother took a photograph of Dube pretending to breastfeed the baby, who has since been taken into foster care.

The photo was then handed to police and the nurse was suspended from her job.

Dube told the panel last Friday: "I thought the threats were empty. I never once thought Client C would actually follow it through.

"It was naïve and silly. I didn't realise the seriousness of it at the time."

But following a disciplinary meeting in February last year, the nurse was allowed to stay on.

She left the job in December last year because she was pregnant and has not returned to working life since.

Dube admits failing to maintain professional boundaries with the family between January and December 2007.

She admitted her fitness to practise as a nurse has been impaired.

Her case is due to resume on December 3.

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