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Upholding your profession’s reputation – even after your shift ends

Nurses are expected to maintain certain standards – so what does that mean in your down time?
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Nurses are expected to maintain certain standards – so what does that mean in your down time?

I recently read a news report about a teacher who was banned from the profession after a pupil filmed him appearing drunk in a public place, wearing only his boxer shorts and trainers.

Although it may be tempting to laugh at this outrageous scenario, the teacher’s actions had serious consequences for his career; a General Teaching Council for Scotland disciplinary panel found he had breached the teacher’s code of conduct and was unfit to teach.

Is a nurse still a nurse outside of their workplace?

Although the teacher was not at work when this incident occurred, it still affected


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