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The Member admitted that he 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: failing to disclose to his employer that he had previously paid a client to engage in a sexual act and providing care to that client, despite the fact he had previously paid to engage in a sexual act with her; practising the profession while in a conflict of interest; 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 disgraceful, 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 two-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 18 months. 

The mitigating factors included: the Member’s acknowledgment of his guilt; his presence at the hearing; and his expression of remorse. The aggravating factors included: the vulnerability of the client and the power imbalance between the Member and the client. 

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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