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Stephanie Cowell Desante - JB05443
The College alleged that the Member engaged in professional misconduct by: 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 or unprofessional in that the Member failed to participate after being selected by the Quality Assurance Committee for practice assessment.
The Member did not attend the hearing. She was found to have engaged in professional misconduct for conduct that would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as dishonourable and unprofessional. The Member’s conduct displayed a serious disregard for her professional obligation and for self-regulation.
The mitigating factor was that the Member had no prior discipline history with the College, and the aggravating factor was that the Member showed a lack of regard for participating in the Quality Assurance program for more than two years.
The Panel ordered an oral reprimand, a three-month suspension, and terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s certificate of registration, including attending two meetings with a Nursing Expert.