Nurse who use Cocaine to “power through” a night shift receives 2-year caution

A nurse has admitted being high on cocaine so he could “power through” a night shift.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing revealed that Clive Taylor was under the influence of cocaine while working as the nurse in charge on the Stroke Unit at Southend University Hospital Trust in June 2016.

The police were contacted after a colleague discovered a box containing white powder in the toilet connected to the staff room.


The following day Taylor confessed the box belonged to him and acknowledged he had taken a small amount of cocaine to “power through” to the end of his shift, saying he used the drug to relieve his tiredness and increase his concentration.

Taylor was suspended from his job on June 16 pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing and a referral was made to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The NMC decided there was no evidence that Taylor’s clinical abilities were adversely affected or that any patients had suffered any harm but was given a final written warning for two years, with restrictions placed on his employment, and made subject to a caution order.

He has also been subject to regular drugs testing and has been re-deployed within the trust.

Denise Townsend, Director of Nursing at Southend University Hospital said: “The trust is satisfied that this matter has been fully dealt with both by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and through our own internal procedures”.

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