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Esther Cruz - 8824096
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 stealing and receiving a monetary reward for approximately 310 client labels containing personal health information from two different facilities; 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 dishonourable and unprofessional.
The Member signed an undertaking to permanently resign as a member of the College and agreed not to reapply for membership with the College at any time in the future. In light of this undertaking, the College and the Member jointly sought an order requiring the Member to appear before the Panel to be reprimanded within three months of the date of the order.
The mitigating factors included: the Member signed an undertaking with the College to not return to the practice of nursing; had no prior discipline history; voluntarily admitted to the allegations and cooperated with the College. The aggravating factors included: the seriousness of the Member’s conduct; and the breach of privacy of the clients.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order and concluded that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.