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Erin Backstrom - AA795890
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct in that she was found guilty of causing bodily harm to two individuals while operating a motor vehicle when her ability to do so was impaired, and failing to stop to provide assistance to the two individuals, with the intent to escape civil or criminal liability, which are offences relevant to her suitability to practise nursing.
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 a minimum of one meeting with a Nursing Expert and 18 months of employer notification.
The mitigating factors included: the Member had no previous misconduct findings; admitted her wrongdoing at an early stage; cooperated with the College and expressed remorse; had abstained from alcohol since the incident and had completed reflective learning modules. The aggravating factors included the serious nature of the conduct. This type of behaviour is not in line with what the public, or the College, expects of nurses.
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.