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Angela Vaughan 0102285
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by: contravening a standard of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession by accessing personal health information of 10 clients without consent or authorization; and engaging in conduct or performing an act, relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as dishonourable and unprofessional.
The College and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission requesting that the Panel make an Order that included an oral reprimand, a three-month suspension, and terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s certificate of registration, including attending two meetings with a Nursing Expert and employer notification for 12 months.
The mitigating factors included: the Member admitted to the allegations; cooperated throughout the proceedings; and took responsibility for her actions. The aggravating factors included: the Member demonstrated a pattern of misconduct which occurred over a period of time; accessed information for personal reasons; and demonstrated a breach of trust with the clients whose records she accessed.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order and concluded that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest and was in line with what had been ordered in previous cases.