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Margaret A. Blaney - 08351598
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 when she entered into a personal and/or romantic relationship with a Client and provided the Client (an inmate) with a cellphone, cellphone charger and cellphone battery or batteries; and engaging in conduct that, having regard to all 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 four-month suspension, and 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: the Member had no prior discipline history and she accepted responsibility for her actions. The aggravating factor was that the Member put the Facility at risk when she provided the Client with a cell phone and charger.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order and concluded that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.