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Jennifer Brutzki - JB02408
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 25 clients’ personal health information 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 unprofessional and dishonourable.
The College and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission requesting the Panel to 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, 12 months of employer notification and two random audits of the Member’s accesses to electronic health records.
The mitigating factors were that the Member acknowledged the misconduct and cooperated throughout the proceedings; had no prior discipline history; many of the accesses were for less than 10 seconds; there was no disclosure of the personal health information; and the Member expressed remorse. The aggravating factors were that the Member did not understand the seriousness of the conduct; and the Member’s conduct resulted in a breach of public trust.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order and concluded that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.