Nurse Jessica Dart was found guilty of professional misconduct at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) last week, more than three years after her crimes.
According to reports, Ms Dart had been working as a district nurse in a Victorian regional centre when she began stealing money from an elderly client who was living alone at the time.
The elderly woman’s family had grown suspicious that Mr Dart was stealing her money, so they made arrangements to monitor the contents of her purse where they found that money was constantly disappearing.
The family then set up a hidden camera in the bedroom of their elderly loved one where they observed Ms Dart picking up the woman’s purse and removing her money.
Ms Dart also pleaded guilty to theft in the Magistrate’s Court and was released, without conviction, on a good behaviour bond. The court also heard that thefts amounted to a total of $200.
Ms Dart’s nursing registration was suspended on 19 February 2018. She will now be required to undertake an ethics course to regain her registration after being suspended for more than three years.
The VCAT tribunal also noted that the small monetary total of the theft was “irrelevant because the breach of trust was so significant”.