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Karen J. Harris - 7934433
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 dishonourable and unprofessional in that the Member failed to appear before a panel of the Inquires, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) to be cautioned.
The Member did not attend the hearing and she was found to have engaged in professional misconduct, as alleged, in that her conduct would reasonably be regarded by members of the profession as dishonourable and unprofessional.
The mitigating factors included that the Member had been practising for 37 years without prior disciplinary issues with the College. The aggravating factors included that the Member was given ample opportunity to comply with the ICRC order, and was made aware of her right to appeal the decision. Instead, the Member chose to ignore the ICRC’s decision, which raised serious concerns about her governability.
The Panel ordered an oral reprimand, a three-month suspension and terms, conditions and limitations on the Member’s certificate of registration, including attending one meeting with a Nursing Expert.