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Forgery nurse suspended from NMC

A nurse has been suspended from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register for six months for forging the signature of her mentor while training to be a midwife.

Emma Rachel Sheldon, a 27-year-old registered adult nurse, admitted falsifying her mentor's comments and signature for several weeks while enrolled as a student midwife at Napier University in Edinburgh.

NMC spokeswoman Leila Harris-Ryberg said: "Although Ms Sheldon's actions did not cause either direct or indirect harm to patients, falsifying a statement of competency has potential implications for patients and colleagues.

"Trustworthiness and honesty lie at the heart of the maintenance of public confidence in the professions and the NMC. The public have a right to expect that nurses and midwives will be honest and trustworthy and that the NMC will take appropriate action against those who are not."

The NMC is the UK regulator for two professions, nursing and midwifery. To be eligible to work as a nurse or midwife in the UK, staff must be registered with the NMC. The NMC safeguards the health and wellbeing of the public by maintaining a register of all nurses and midwives to practise within the UK and by setting standards for their education, training and conduct.

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