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Eurestica Anasarias 9306689

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by: contravening the standards of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession by accessing a client’s personal health information without consent or other authorization; and engaging in conduct or performing an act, relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regarding to all of 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 one-month suspension, terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s certificate of registration, including attending two meetings with a Nursing Expert and 12 months of employer notification. 

The mitigating factors included: this was the Member’s first offence; it was a single incident with a single client; she admitted her conduct to the Hospital and the College; she cooperated with the College; and she was remorseful.  The aggravating factors included: the Client was not in the Member’s circle of care; she used her position as a nurse to relieve her curiosity regarding the Client’s personal health information; she acknowledged that she received training on the Hospital’s privacy policy; and she ignored the yellow star beside the Client’s name and the privacy warning that popped up.  

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.  

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