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Little’s nursing registration revoked at discipline hearing

August 25, 2017 – Yesterday, a discipline panel of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) revoked the nursing registration of David Little. He is no longer entitled to practise nursing in the province. The panel found that Mr. Little had physically and emotionally abused two vulnerable clients under his care, and found that his actions were “disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional.”

College counsel, Megan Shortreed, submitted to the panel that Mr. Little’s conduct was “intentional and shows a misuse of power, and a breach of the public trust.” She set out the College’s position that “the only way to protect the public is to remove the member from the practice of nursing.”

Earlier this year, Mr. Little was found guilty by the Ontario Court of Justice of six counts of assault. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years’ probation, including conditions that he:

  • must not have any direct or indirect contact with the victims or their families; and
  • must not be in employment or provide professional services to persons who are to receive the benefit of a trust relationship through personal care.

The discipline panel ordered a disclosure ban, prohibiting the disclosure, publication or broadcasting of any information that could identify the clients referred to at the discipline hearing. This includes a ban on the names, addresses and identifying information of the clients.

Public information about David Little’s registration history with the College can be found on the public register, Find a Nurse. The full discipline decision, which can take several months to be prepared and published, will be available there.

For more information, contact: Deborah Jones, Director, Communications 416-928-7609; or toll-free (Canada) at 1-800-387-5526, ext. 7609; or by e-mail at dmjones@cnomail.org.

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