Nurse banned after sex with mental health patient

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A nurse began a sexual relationship with a psychiatric patient he was looking after.

Bryan Cranston was a nurse at an NHS-run mental health unit in Eastbourne District General Hospital when he started a sexual relationship with the woman, who was recovering from an illness.

Staff were told to not to encourage the woman – described as “vulnerable” – but despite this Cranston gave her his email address.

After she left the unit in April 2011 he exchanged “flirtatious” emails with her and began a sexual relationship in January last year a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing was told.

Cranston was found out after the woman’s family contacted Sussex Police and the NMC.

In her statement the woman told how they had spent hours in bed together.

Finding Cranston guilty of misconduct and banning him from working as a nurse ever again the NMC said: “Mr Cranston acted inappropriately towards a vulnerable service user and exploited his position of trust.

“He failed to maintain appropriate boundaries, including engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship. His actions could have been detrimental to her health.”

High standards

Helen Greatorex, the executive director of nursing and quality at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs mental health services across the county, said: “We expect all our nurses to behave to the highest standard at all times.

“They look after our patients when they are at their most vulnerable.

“We took action against Bryan Cranston when his actions first came to light.

“We suspended him and referred him to the NMC because the allegations against him were so serious. He has not been able to work as a nurse since.”

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5:24pm Fri 22 Feb 13

censored says...

Yeah, but was she fit?
Yeah, but was she fit? censored
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7:30pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Serf says...

censored wrote:
Yeah, but was she fit?
Inane comment. If the patient was a member of your family, you probably would not be so flippant.
[quote][p][bold]censored[/bold] wrote: Yeah, but was she fit?[/p][/quote]Inane comment. If the patient was a member of your family, you probably would not be so flippant. Serf
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7:54pm Fri 22 Feb 13

skippy981 says...

Serf wrote:
censored wrote:
Yeah, but was she fit?
Inane comment. If the patient was a member of your family, you probably would not be so flippant.
Totally Inappropriate comment, and behaviour by the nurse concerned it's good that he has been banned from being a nurse
[quote][p][bold]Serf[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]censored[/bold] wrote: Yeah, but was she fit?[/p][/quote]Inane comment. If the patient was a member of your family, you probably would not be so flippant.[/p][/quote]Totally Inappropriate comment, and behaviour by the nurse concerned it's good that he has been banned from being a nurse skippy981
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12:49am Sat 23 Feb 13

greeg2 says...

censored wrote:
Yeah, but was she fit?
Idiot ! I suppose if your grandmother was raped you'd wonder if she was wearing a negligee?Weirdo.
[quote][p][bold]censored[/bold] wrote: Yeah, but was she fit?[/p][/quote]Idiot ! I suppose if your grandmother was raped you'd wonder if she was wearing a negligee?Weirdo. greeg2
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11:42am Sat 23 Feb 13

Sean Jenkins says...

Heisenberg!
Heisenberg! Sean Jenkins
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4:12pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Hove marauder says...

Good head or bad head?
Good head or bad head? Hove marauder
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8:07am Wed 27 Feb 13

devastated mother says...

You have no idea what all this is doing to our family. Keep your prurient thoughts to yourselves.
You have no idea what all this is doing to our family. Keep your prurient thoughts to yourselves. devastated mother
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7:33pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Pikey-Biker says...

mother of whom? bryan or 'the patient"
mother of whom? bryan or 'the patient" Pikey-Biker
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