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Ann H. A. Raeburn-Lewis - 9043092
The Member admitted that she engaged in acts of 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 18 months of employer notification.
The mitigating factors were that this was a first offence and a single act; the Member admitted the misconduct to the employer and the College, and she expressed remorse. The aggravating factors included that there were numerous warnings regarding access to confidential information from the Member’s employers, particularly with respect to this 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.