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Ana Maria Palusci - 11483780
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by: contravening the standards of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession by accessing a client’s personal health information without consent or other authorization; and engaging in conduct or performing an act, relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regarding to all of 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 one-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 breach was a single access; the Member cooperated with the College, saving considerable time and costs; and she had no prior disciplinary history with the College. The aggravating factors included: the seriousness of accessing the client’s medical record, despite multiple warnings given to all staff about accessing this client’s record.
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.