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A nurse who took opiates and marijuana while on night duty in a hospital has been suspended from the nursing register for 12 months.

The nurse, who worked outside of Dublin, cannot be identified for legal reasons.

She admitted professional misconduct following an investigation into allegations against her conducted by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

The complaints made against her included that, on dates between 2015 and 2016, she self-administered various medications while on night duty at the hospital she had worked at.

The substances she took included opiates, marijuana and benzodiazepines. It was also alleged that she was not in a fit state or safe condition to provide safe nursing care.

Arising from the investigation into those complaints, the nursing board's Fitness to Practise Committee found that her conduct was dishonest.

It also concluded that she had put patient safety at risk, violated her duty of care to her patients and brought the profession's reputation into disrepute.

The committee held that the nurse should be suspended for a period of 12 months.

The board accepted that and took into account that the woman suffers from a medical disability, namely depression and anxiety.

The matter came before Mr Justice Denis McDonald, who confirmed the sanctions.

Irish Independent