Rebecca Ellis stole from a patient as he lay dying in hospital
Rebecca Ellis, 49, nicked two Nationwide bank cards which belonged to former police officer Frederick Bromley, who was ill at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Selly Oak, Birmingham. She plundered a total of £532 on clothes, sweets and other purchases.
But brazen Ellis, who was responsible for palliative care at the NHS hospital, was jailed for nine months on Thursday.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Ellis spent £126 online on products from Dorothy Perkins, and CCTV caught her using a bank card on sweets at WH Smith.
Naomi Nelson-Cofie, prosecuting, said Mr Bromley died on March 23, just weeks after the offences.
In a video played to the court recorded before his death, Mr Bromley, 65, said: "I could not move and was in extreme pain.
"I am disgusted with the way she has treated me."
The dad was in hospital receiving palliative care for terminal cancer, and had also dislocated his hip.
The 49-year-old was convicted of fraud and theft
Mr Bromley's daughter Anna Marie Bromley had put two Nationwide bank cards in a bag along with other items when he was admitted in February this year, and she later realised they were not where she had left them.
Ms Bromley said her father had been in the police force for 36 years and was "loved by all".
"This incident has changed my life so much. I no longer have any faith in the NHS and those they employ," Ms Bromley told the court.
Ellis - while wearing her uniform - used a bank card at a WH Smith
Ellis, from Smethwick, West Midlands, had previously been found guilty of theft and fraud.
Sentencing the defendant, Mr Recorder Reid said "This is a case of high culpability because it involves a high degree of breach of trust and responsibility.
"There is an element of deliberate targeting of those who are vulnerable."
Adam Wieczerzak, defending, said "She was under a considerable amount of stress She has mental and physical health difficulties."
He said she had been subjected to bullying at work and that she had also been under financial pressure.
He added she had worked in health for a considerable number of years.