SWEARING at staff and spending pay phone cash on a party saw a modern matron disciplined for misconduct.
A Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct and competence committee heard that Debra Jane Temple-Bell of Brookfield Road, Hucclecote, was carrying an "immense" workload when she overstepped the mark.
She admitted talking aggressively to a staff nurse, saying: 'What are you looking at me like that for?" and telling that nurse that she was going to sack her. She was found to have told a hotel service assistant that she was "just a cleaner", banged her hands on a desk and said: "I have had enough of you," and did not carry out appraisals nor adequately supervise her.
And she was found to have shouted at a support worker, saying: "You are so rude, like a brick wall."
She worked as a modern matron and lead nurse for the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust substance misuse service at the now-closed inpatient unit, Branchlea Cross in Cheltenham, and was seconded to Hereford Hospital for some of that time, from 2008.
The last NMC hearing in July also heard her admit financial irregularities over petty cash.
She admitted not accounting for pay phone cash, supplementing petty cash with pay phone money, and using it to pay for a staff party. She also admitted a false accounting entry of £180 in the expenditure log and while suspended between November 5, 2010 and April 6, 2011, not returning £100 of petty cash to the trust.
The review into Temple- Ball's conduct heard how an investigation into allegations against her started in August 2010, and that she was fired in July 2011. She lost an appeal to be reinstated.
She also denied not formally declaring that her brother worked for the catering firm with the Branchlea Cross inpatient contract. That, however, was not proved.
The panel considered mitigating factors, telling her there was "undisputed evidence to indicate you are an excellent clinical practitioner" and "you enjoyed a previously unblemished career spanning 27 years and that you have shown insight and remorse in respect of your actions".
The panel noted she was "carrying an immense workload at the time to which the charges relate" and her "poor behaviour" was "borne out of a desire to achieve high standards and was not as a result of deep-seated attitudinal problems".
After the hearing, a spokesman for 2gether NHS Foundation Trust said: "As soon as we became aware of the concerns highlighted in this case, we immediately carried out a full investigation, which resulted in an internal disciplinary hearing.
"The appropriate action was taken in line with our policies, which included referring the case on to the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The nurse concerned no longer works for the trust. We expect high standards of professional conduct from all of our staff, and we have stringent policies and procedures in place to deal with any behaviour which falls short of those expectations."
The sanction of a "conditions of practice order" means she cannot work in a management role and will be monitored by the NMC for three years.