It continued: "Given the serious nature of the misconduct, the public may lose confidence in the profession if a finding of impairment
was not made.
"However, the panel concluded that that there is a risk of repetition and that a finding of impairment
is necessary on the grounds of public protection and the public interest in upholding proper professional standards."
He said: "There's a real risk of repetition of the conduct we have found proven and public confidence in the social care profession would be undermined if a finding of impairment
were not made."
The panel therefore decided that a finding of impairment
is necessary on the grounds of public protection."
The tribunal has also determined that a finding of impairment
is both necessary and appropriate in the public interest."
While confirming that the committee was satisfied that Ms McCue is of previous "good character," and the incident was isolated in a career spanning over 23 years, Mr Kellock added that: "Nevertheless, the committee considered these matters are so serious that the public interest required a finding of impairment
to be made in this case."
"The NMC panel also considered that public confidence in the profession would be undermined if a finding of impairment
were not made in the particular circumstances of this case.
"Although the panel was of the view that you were regretful, remorseful and had a degree of insight into the seriousness of this, the wider public interest can only be served by a finding of impairment
"The panel has determined that, although the PCC considered your actions serious in 2004, the panel today, in the light of the evidence given to it by eminent paediatricians and your expressions of regret and remorse, considers that a finding of impairment
is not justified."
"The public interest demands that a finding of impairment
is necessary to mark this conduct as wholly unacceptable and to ensure that public confidence in the nursing profession and the NMC as its regulator is maintained."
"The panel has no doubt that any well-balanced and reasonably well-informed member of the public would justifiably conclude that a finding of impairment
of your fitness to practise was required in order to uphold proper professional standards."