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Linda May D’Ascanio 8900656
The College alleged that the Member contravened the standards of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession when she: recommended a prescription medication to a client without consulting a physician; wrote a physician’s name and CPSO number on prescriptions she issued for six clients without the physician’s direction or authority; failed to keep records as required; inappropriately held herself out as a Nurse Practitioner to clients and in her resume when she was not a member of the extended class; performed the controlled act of communicating a diagnosis to a client or a client’s representative; and performed the controlled act of prescribing, dispensing, selling or compounding a drug to one or more clients.
The Member did not attend the hearing.
The Panel received testimony from 10 witnesses and received 52 documentary exhibits. Having considered the evidence, the Panel found that the Member engaged in professional misconduct as alleged.
College counsel submitted that the immediate revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration was an appropriate penalty.
A mitigating factor was that the Member had no prior discipline history. The seriousness of the conduct was an aggravating factor.
The Panel determined that the Member’s behaviour transgressed the regulatory model and exceeded her legislated scope of practice. By doing so, she abused the public’s trust.
The Panel ordered the immediate revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration in the interest of public protection.