A HEARING into the behaviour of a prison nurse accused of romping with an inmate has been postponed after she seemed to admit the encounter was ‘sexually motivated’.
Jane Jackson had previously denied the allegation, but when giving evidence on Wednesday she implied the encounter had been sexual.
The 35-year-old nurse had been caught in a private treatment room with a male prisoner at Woodhill Prison in 2009.
Ms Jackson jammed a mop under the door of the room and stripped off in front of the inmate, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.
The hearing had been due to conclude last week, but had to be adjourned amid confusion over whether Jackson denies or accepts the incident was sexually motivated.
“If I was in a state of undress with a male, it’s sexually motivated,” she said.
Jackson then refused to tell her representatives whether she will formally admit to a sexually motivated encounter.
She was caught out on February 7, 2009, when a prison guard burst into the room.
“Her top half was naked, and she was holding her bra and staff tunic in her hand,” said Barry Dooley, for the NMC.
Ms Jackson threw her keys to prison doors on a chair, putting the security of the jail at risk, the hearing was told. She has also confessed to breaching security by smuggling toiletries into the jail for the prisoner.
Ms Jackson was fired by the health trust on July 9, 2009.
Paul Morris, who chaired the hearing, granted an adjournment until September 27.
Ms Jackson denies leaving the drugs cabinet open and that her fitness to practice as a nurse is impaired.