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Becker, Katharine Anne R.

Katharine Anne R. Becker HH06747

Discipline Committee Of The College Of Nurses Of Ontario

FULL-TEXT DECISION

Note: This is the full text of the decision of the Discipline panel in this matter. Any information identifying clients, witnesses or facilities has been removed [ ]. The member’s name is omitted if the allegations have been dismissed or if the results are not placed on the public portion of the Register.

Published June 2002

Panel:

SHEILA RICHARDSON, RN   Chairperson
PAT COLLINS, RPN   Member
CHERYL BEEMER, RN   Member
ANGUS TAYLOR   Public Representative
BETTY HILL   Public Representative

BETWEEN

COLLEGE OF NURSES OF ONTARIO   GLYNNIS BURT for College of Nurses of Ontario
- and -    
KATHARINE ANNE BECKER
#HH-0674-7
  NO REPRESENTATION for Katharine Anne Becker
     
    Heard: DECEMBER 4, 2001

REASONS FOR DECISION

This matter came on for hearing before a panel of the Discipline Committee on Tuesday, December 4, 2001, at the College of Nurses of Ontario at Toronto. The Member was present but not represented by counsel.

THE ALLEGATIONS

The Amended Notice of Hearing was tendered as Exhibit #1.

The allegations against Ms. Katharine Anne R. Becker as stated in the Amended Notice of Hearing dated November 5, 2001 are as follows:

NOTICE OF HEARING

  1. You have committed an act, or acts, of professional misconduct as provided by clause 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code and defined in paragraph 1.19 of Ontario Regulation 799/93, in that, during the period from June 4, 2001, to on or after September 4, 2001, you contravened subsection 11(1) of the Nursing Act, 1991, by:
    1. using the title “registered practical nurse” or a variation, abbreviation or equivalent thereof, when your registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 28, 2001, and for the whole of the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, and you were not a member during that time, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A; and/or
    2. holding yourself out as a person who is qualified to practice in Ontario as a registered practical nurse when your registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended for the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, and you were not a member during that time, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A.
  2. You have committed an act, or acts, of professional misconduct as provided by clause 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code and defined in paragraph 1.19 of Ontario Regulation 799/93, in that, in the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, you contravened subsection 27(1) of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, (“the Act”), by performing controlled acts, namely, administering a substance by injection, as defined in subsection 27(2) of the Act, when you were not a member.
  3. You have committed an act or acts of professional misconduct as provided by clause 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code and defined in paragraph 1.37 of Ontario Regulation 799/93, in that in the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, you engaged in conduct or performed an act or acts relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regard to all of the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and specifically you provided false information to your employer, [employer B], with respect to the status of your registration at the College of Nurses of Ontario, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A.
  4. You have committed an act of professional misconduct as provided by clause 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code and defined in paragraph 1.19 of Ontario Regulation 799/93, in that during the period from May 6, 1998 to the present, you contravened section 11(1) of the Nursing Act, 1991, by
    1. using the title “registered practical nurse” or a variation, abbreviation or equivalent thereof, when your registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 6, 1998, and you were not a member thereafter, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A, and/or
    2. holding yourself out as a person who is qualified to practice in Ontario as a registered practical nurse when your registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 6, 1998, and you were not a member thereafter, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A.
  5. You have committed an act of professional misconduct as provided by clause 51(1)(c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code and defined in paragraph 1.37 of Ontario Regulation 799/93, in that on or about January 26 or 27, 2000 you engaged in conduct or performed an act or acts relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regard to all of the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and specifically you provided false information to your employer, [employer A], with respect to the status of your registration at the College of Nurses of Ontario, the particulars of which are set out in Appendix A.

APPENDIX “A”
Re: Katharine A. Becker
Reg. No. HH-0674-7

Particulars to Specified Allegations

  1. In a letter dated May 28, 2001, you were informed by the College of Nurses of Ontario that your registration had been suspended effective May 28, 2001, for failure to renew your registration by remitting the annual registration fee to the College.
  2. You continued to be employed as a Registered Practical Nurse at [employer B] for the period June 4, 2001, to on or after September 4, 2001 when you knew, or ought to have known, that your registration as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended.
  3. In the period June 4, 2001, to September 4, 2001, you administered substances by injection to at least two clients at [employer B] as follows:
    1. you administered a substance, specifically the medication Fragmin, to [client A] by injection on July 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 (twice) and 9, 2001; and/or,
    2. you administered a substance, specifically the medication Novolin, to [client B] by injection on July 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, and 26, 2001.
  4. In the period June 4 to September 4, 2001, you provided false information to your employer, [employer B], with respect to the status of your registration at the College of Nurses of Ontario, including advising your employer or implying to your employer that:
    1. you had paid your outstanding 2001 registration fees to the College, and/or
    2. you were currently registered with the College as a Registered Practical Nurse.
  5. On or about May 6, 1998, you were informed by the College of Nurses of Ontario that your registration had been suspended effective May 6, 1998 for failure to renew your registration by remitting the annual registration fee to the College.
  6. On or after May 6, 1998, you continued to be employed as a Registered Practical Nurse at [employer C] when you knew or ought to have known that your registration was suspended.
  7. In or about July 1999, you applied for, and accepted a position as a Registered Practical Nurse with [employer A] when you knew or ought to have known that your registration was suspended.
  8. Between July 18, 1999 and January 28, 2000, you were employed as a Registered Practical Nurse at [employer A], when you knew or ought to have known that your registration as a Registered Practical Nurse was suspended.
  9. You were employed as a Registered Practical Nurse at [employer B] since February 20, 2000 when you knew or ought to have known that your registration as a Registered Practical Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended.
  10. On or about January 26 or 27, 2000 you provided false information to your employer, [employer A], with respect to the status of your registration at the College of Nurses of Ontario, including advising your employer that you had:
    1. paid registration fees to the College of Nurses and had renewed your certificate of registration for 1998, and/or
    2. paid registration fees to the College of Nurses and had renewed your certificate of registration for 1999, and/or
    3. paid your 2000 registration fees, and/or
    4. been informed by the College of Nurses of Ontario that your registration for 2000 was being processed.

Counsel for the College submitted the following amendments to the Amended Notice of Hearing as follows: “and subsection 11(5) respectively,” be added after subsection 11(1) in paragraphs 1 and 4. Also, “August 25, 2000” be substituted for “the present” in line 4 of paragraph 4. Counsel for the College further clarified that in respect to the changes made under allegation 1 that subsection 11(1) of the Nursing Act was specific to 1 (a) and 4(a) and that subsection 11(5) of the Nursing Act was specific to allegation 1 (b) and 4(b). Counsel for the College submitted that the words “ the particulars of which are set in Appendix A” be added to the end paragraph 2. The panel accepted these changes.

MEMBER’S PLEA

Ms. Katharine Becker admitted the allegations set out in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the Notice of Hearing. The panel conducted a plea inquiry and was satisfied that the Member’s admission was voluntary, informed and unequivocal.

AGREED STATEMENT OF FACT

Counsel for the College advised the panel that agreement had been reached on the facts and introduced an Agreed Statement of Fact (Exhibit #2). The following amendments were proposed by counsel for the College to which the Member had no objections:

The addition of the word “Amended” before “Notice” on the first line of each of paragraphs 26, 27, 28, 29, and 30. Another amendment also put forward at this time was to identify under paragraphs 26 and 29 that the subsections in issue were 11(1) and 11(5) respectively, thus ensuring consistency with the Amended Notice of Hearing.

The Agreed Statement of Fact, as amended, provides as follows:

THE MEMBER

Katherine Becker, RPN, # HH-0674-7 (“the Member”) has been registered as a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses (“the College”) of Ontario since 1988.

THE MEMBER’S REGISTRATION HISTORY

  1. On January 30, 1998, the Member submitted a cheque to the College to renew her registration for 1998. On February 3, the College advised the Member that her cheque had been refused for insufficient funds. By letter dated May 6, 1998, the College advised the Member that her registration had been suspended effective May 6, 1998, for failure to renew her registration.
  2. The Member’s registration was suspended from May 6, 1998, until August 25, 2000. The Member’s registration was reinstated on August 25, 2000.
  3. The Member’s registration was again suspended for failure to renew her registration on May 28, 2001.
  4. The Member’s registration was again reinstated on September 13, 2001.

EMPLOYMENT WITH [EMPLOYER A]

  1. Despite the fact that the Member was not registered with the College, on July 18, 1999, she applied for an RPN position at [employer A]. She was employed by [employer A] as an RPN from July 19, 1999 to January 28, 2000, when her employment was terminated for failing to provide proof of current registration with the College.
  2. During the period July 19, 1999 to January 28, 2000, while employed at [employer A], and despite the fact that she was not registered, the Member consistently held herself out to be an RPN and consistently used the title “RPN” when signing off on progress notes.
  3. In January 2000, [employer A] inquiries of the Member regarding her 2000 registration with the College. On or about January 26 and/or 27, 2000, she provided the following false information to both the Director of Care and the Administrator of [employer A]:
    1. that she had applied for her 2000 registration, but her cheque had not yet been processed by the College, when neither of these statements were accurate;
    2. that she had spoken with a College employee about her 2000 registration, and the employee had assured her that her 2000 registration renewal application should be processed and out to her within ten days, when neither statement was accurate;
    3. and that, despite information [employer A] had received to the contrary from the College, it was not true that her 1998 registration had been cancelled for non-payment, and that she had been registered in 1999 and had a receipt at home to prove that she had paid her 1999 registration fees, when these statements were not accurate.
  4. After [employer A] terminated the Member’s employment on January 28, 2000, it reported the Member’s termination to the College by letter dated February 3, 2000, as it is required to do under the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

EMPLOYMENT WITH [EMPLOYER B]

  1. Despite the fact that she was not registered with the College, on February 17, 2000, the Member submitted an application to [employer B] for an RPN position, and began working in that capacity on February 20, 2000.
  2. In 2000 the Member submitted two money orders to the College, one dated February 16, 2000 in the amount of $106.00, and one dated March 17, 2000 in the amount of $53.00. In April 2000 the College processed these payments in the total amount of $159.00 in payment of the Member’s 1998 registration, the cheque for which was previously returned insufficient funds. The total of $159.00 was comprised of $90.00 for the 1998 registration fee, a $25.00 administration fee, a $22.00 reinstatement fee, and a $22.00 late fee.
  3. In response to several inquires from [employer B’s] Director of Resident Care to the member since her date of hire concerning proof of the Member’s registration for 2000, the Member indicated that she was registered and was awaiting proof of her registration from the College.
  4. During the period February 20, 2000 to August 25, 2000, while employed by [employer B], and despite the fact that she was not registered with the College, the Member consistently held herself out as an RPN and consistently used the title “RPN” when signing on progress notes.
  5. By letter dated April 3, 2000, the College attempted to notify the Member that it had begun an investigation into a report that she had been working as an RPN while suspended. However, because the Member had moved since she was last validly registered with the College and had not advised the College of her new address, she received the letter on or about July 11, 2000.
  6. By letter dated September 14, 2000, the College advised the Member that the College’s Executive Committee had reviewed the investigation into her practice and had deferred the matter to consider whether the information merited further action.
  7. By letter dated November 16, 2000, the College provided the Member with clarifying information concerning the investigation into her practice which included the following information:
    1. that she had worked as an RPN at [employer A] from July 18, 1999 to January 28, 2000 without the payment of the required annual fee;
    2. that she had used the title “Registered Practical Nurse” or its abbreviation “RPN” when she was not a member of the College as a result of being suspended for non-payment of fees; and
    3. that she had provided false information to both the Director of Care and the Administrator of [employer A] on January 26 and/or 27, 2000 concerning her 1999 and 2000 registration status.
  8. By letter dated March 15, 2001, the College informed the Member that the Executive Committee had referred specified allegations concerning her practice to the Discipline Committee.
  9. By letter dated May 28, 2001, the College advised the Member that her 2001 registration had been suspended for failure to renew for that year.
  10. During the period May 28, 2001 to September 3, 2001, while employed at [employer B], and despite the fact that her registration was suspended, and that she was the subject of a disciplinary proceeding for practising while suspended, the Member consistently held herself out as an RPN, and used the title “RPN” when signing progress notes. The Member also performed controlled acts during this period, including administering medications to clients by injection.
  11. On July 8, 2001, the Executive Director of [employer B] learned from the College that the Member was the subject of a discipline proceeding. When the Executive Director asked the Member about the discipline proceeding, the Member provided her with false information, including, among other things:
    1. that she was currently registered for 2001 and had been registered for all of 2000, when she had only been registered from August 25, 2000 to May 28, 2001;
    2. that the College should have notified her that it had backdated her fees, but had failed to do so, and the hearing was being held to correct the College’s procedural problems; and
    3. that there would not be a hearing because she just needed to sign and send a document to the College.
  12. On July 12, 2001, the Member submitted a cheque to the College for her 2001 registration fee, a reinstatement penalty, a late payment fee, and a fee for being suspended.
  13. On July 18, 2001, the Member’s cheque was returned to the College due to insufficient funds.
  14. By a notice dated July 20, 2001, the College advised the Member that her annual payment form could not be processed because her cheque had been returned due to insufficient funds.
  15. On September 4, 2001, a College investigator spoke with the Executive Director of [employer B] in the course of an investigation concerning information that the Member was again practising nursing although her registration was suspended. During that conversation, the Executive Director learned that the Member had not been registered with the College since May 28, 2001. When confronted with this information by the Executive Director later that day, the Member provided the following false information to the Executive Director:
    1. that she was currently registered for 2001, when her registration was not actually reinstated until September 13, 2001; and
    2. that she could bring the cancelled cheque from July, 2001, as proof of her registration.
  16. On September 13, 2001, the Member submitted in cash the required registration fee for her 2001 registration, and was validly registered effective that date.

ADMISSIONS OF MISCONDUCT

  1. The Member admits that, as is set out in paragraph 1 of the Amended Notice of Hearing, she has committed acts of professional misconduct in that, while working at [employer B] from June 4 to September 4, 2001, she contravened subsection 11(1) and 11(5) of the Nursing Act, 1991, by:
    1. using the title “Registered Practical Nurse” or an abbreviation thereof, when her registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 28, 2001, and for the whole of the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, and she was not a member during that time; and
    2. holding herself out as a person who is qualified to practice in Ontario as a registered practical nurse when her registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended for the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, and she was not a member during that time.
  2. The Member admits that, as is set out in paragraph 2 of the Amended Notice of Hearing, she has committed acts of professional misconduct in that, in the period from June 4 to September 4, 2001, while working at [employer B], she contravened subsection 27(1) of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, (“the Act”), by performing controlled acts, namely, administering a substance by injection, as defined in subsection 27(2) of the Act, when she was not a member of the College.
  3. The Member admits that, as is set out in paragraph 3 of the Amended Notice of Hearing, she has committed acts of professional misconduct by engaging in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regard to all of the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and specifically that on July 8 and September 4, 2001, she provided false information to her employer, [employer B], with respect to the status of her registration at the College of Nurses of Ontario, as follows: she advised that she was currently registered for 2001, when she was not registered until September 13, 2001 and she advised that she could bring the cancelled cheque from July, 2001, as proof of her registration.
  4. The Member admits that, as is set out in paragraph 4 of the Amended Notice of Hearing, she has committed an act of professional misconduct in that, while employed at [employer B] from July 19, 1999 to January 28, 2000, she contravened section 11(1) and 11(5) of the Nursing Act, 1991, by:
    1. using the title “registered practical nurse” or an abbreviation thereof, when her registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 6, 1998, and she was not a member between July 19, 1999 to January 28, 2000; and
    2. holding herself out as a person who is qualified to practise in Ontario as a registered practical nurse when her registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario was suspended on May 6, 1998, and she was not a member between July 19, 1999 to January 28, 2000.
  5. The Member admits that, as is set out in paragraph 5 of the Amended Notice of Hearing, she has committed an act of professional misconduct by engaging in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing that, having regard to all of the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, and specifically that she provided false information regarding her registration status to her employer, [employer A], on January 26 and 27, 2001, as follows:
    1. she advised that she had applied for her 2000 registration, but her cheque had not yet been processed by the College, when neither of these statements were accurate;
    2. she advised that she had spoken with a College employee about her 2000 registration, and the employee had assured her that her 2000 registration renewal application should be processed and out to her within ten days, when neither statement was accurate; and
    3. she advised that it was not true that her 1998 registration had been cancelled for non-payment, and that she had been registered in 1999 and had a receipt at home to prove that she had paid her 1999 registration fees, when these statements were not accurate.

DECISION

The panel considered the Agreed Statement of Fact as amended and finds that the facts support a finding of professional misconduct and, in particular, finds that the Member committed acts of professional misconduct as alleged in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Amended Notice of Hearing.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The panel found that, as alleged in paragraphs 1(a) and 1(b) and 4(a) and 4(b) of the Amended Notice of Hearing, the Member committed an act of professional misconduct in that she contravened subsections 11(1) and 11(5) of the Nursing Act, 1995 by using the title “Registered Practical Nurse” (“RPN”), or a variation, abbreviation, or equivalent, and by holding herself out as a person who was qualified to practise in Ontario, while her registration with the College was suspended

.

The panel further found that the Member committed an act of professional misconduct as alleged in paragraph 2 of the Notice of Hearing in that the Member contravened subsection 27(1) of the Regulated Health Professions Act (“RHPA”), by performing controlled acts, namely, administering a substance by injection, as defined in susection 27(2) of the Act, when the Member’s registration was clearly under suspension.

Finally, the panel found that the Member’s repetitive conduct in providing false information to both of her employers regarding her registration, as alleged in paragraphs 3 and 5 of the Notice of Hearing, was disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional.

PENALTY

Counsel for the College advised the panel that a Joint Submission on Penalty (Exhibit #3) had been agreed upon. The Joint Submission as to Penalty provides as follows:

JOINT SUBMISSION ON PENALTY

In view of the facts and admissions contained in the Agreed Statement of Fact, and under the circumstances where the Member, Katherine Becker, RPN, # HH-0674-7 (“the Member”) is about to commence a period of maternity leave of up to one year, the Member and the College of Nurses of Ontario (“the College”), respectfully submit that the Panel of the Discipline Committee (“the Panel”) should make an Order regarding penalty as follows:

  1. Requiring the Member to appear before the Panel to be reprimanded.
  2. Directing the Executive Director to suspend the Member's certificate of registration for 1 month from December 5, 2002 to January 5, 2003.
  3. Requiring the Member to pay a fine of $500.00 by submitting to the Director of the College’s Investigations and Hearings Department (“the Director”) by February 31, 2002, a certified cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance for Ontario.
  4. Directing the Executive Director to impose the following terms, conditions and limitations on the Member's certificate of registration:
    1. By February 31, 2002, the Member must meet with an employee of the College’s Registry Department, at the convenience of that employee, to review her obligations regarding renewal of her registration and the consequences of failure to renew her registration; and
    2. Upon any return to practice following the date of the hearing in this matter, the Member may only practise for an employer or employers who has/have received a copy of the panel’s decision and reasons in this matter, and who agrees to, and does, write to the Director within 15 days of the commencement of the Member’s employment advising the Director:
      1. of the date the Member commenced employment with the employer;
      2. that the employer has received a copy of the panel’s penalty Order or, if available, the panel’s decision and reasons in this matter; and
      3. that the employer will advise the Director immediately if it becomes aware that the Member has practised, or is practising, while not registered with the College.
    3. The requirements set out in subparagraph 4.b), above, shall remain in effect until the Member has provided evidence satisfactory to the Director that she has completed twenty-four months of practice.

Counsel for the College submitted that the Joint Submission on Penalty would provide for a specific and general deterrent, in that the proposed penalty requiring an oral reprimand, a one month suspension and a $500.00 fine would make it clear to the Member and members of the profession that such conduct will not be tolerated.

Counsel for the College expressed concern about the College’s ability to govern the Member, in that the Member had practised while under suspension and provided false information to two employers regarding the status of her registration. This false information was given during two different periods of time. During one of these, the Member was fully aware through correspondence from the College of a complaint against her in relation to practising while not registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Counsel for the College submitted that the Joint Submission on Penalty was specifically tailored to provide appropriate controls on the practice of the Member. Counsel for the College also advised the panel, that the penalty was designed to educate the Member regarding her obligations to the College so that nothing of this nature would be likely to occur again.

The Member made no submissions regarding the Joint Submission on Penalty.

An administrative change to the Joint Submission on Penalty was made to the date under paragraphs 3 and 4 (a), changed from February 31, 2002 to February 28, 2002.

The panel sought further clarification regarding the dates for the commencement of the one month suspension in paragraph 2 of the Joint Submission on Penalty. The panel also sought clarification from the Member as to when her maternity leave was to start. The Member indicated that her actual maternity leave would not commence until December 15, 2001. Counsel for the College submitted the following amendments in relation to the Joint Submission on Penalty under paragraph 2,” that the dates be changed to December 15, 2002 to January 15, 2003”. This was requested when it became apparent that the Member was currently on vacation and would not commence maternity leave of absence until December 15, 2001. The Member had no objection to this change. Furthermore, the Member had no objections to the change in dates regarding the one-month suspension.

The panel, after further deliberations, accepted the amendments to the Joint Submission on Penalty as amended.

PENALTY DECISION

A majority of the panel accepts the amended Joint Submission as to Penalty in its entirety and accordingly orders as follows:

  1. Requiring the Member to appear before the Panel to be reprimanded.
  2. Directing the Executive Director to suspend the Member's certificate of registration for 1 month from December 15, 2002 to January 15, 2003.
  3. Requiring the Member to pay a fine of $500.00 by submitting to the Director of the College’s Investigations and Hearings Department (“the Director”) by February 28, 2002, a certified cheque or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance for Ontario.
  4. Directing the Executive Director to impose the following terms, conditions and limitations on the Member's certificate of registration:
    1. By February 28, 2002, the Member must meet with an employee of the College’s Registry Department, at the convenience of that employee, to review her obligations regarding renewal of her registration and the consequences of failure to renew her registration; and
    2. Upon any return to practice following the date of the hearing in this matter, the Member may only practise for an employer or employers who has/have received a copy of the panel’s decision and reasons in this matter, and who agrees to, and does, write to the Director within 15 days of the commencement of the Member’s employment advising the Director:
      1. of the date the Member commenced employment with the employer;
      2. that the employer has received a copy of the panel’s penalty Order or, if available, the panel’s decision and reasons in this matter; and
      3. that the employer will advise the Director immediately if it becomes aware that the Member has practised, or is practising, while not registered with the College.
    3. The requirements set out in subparagraph 4.b), above, shall remain in effect until the Member has provided evidence satisfactory to the Director that she has completed twenty-four months of practice.

By repetitive acts of professional misconduct as set out in the Agreed Statement of Fact, the Member evidenced to the panel a failure to recognise the importance of honesty and the very serious nature of her actions. In adopting the amended Joint Submission on Penalty, the panel found that it met both the need for general and specific deterrence. The panel held that a rehabilitative aspect of the penalty would be met by requiring the Member to meet with a College representative.

The panel agreed that the Member’s conduct of lying to a second employer about the status of her registration, while knowing that she was under investigation for the very same issue, put into question the College’s ability to govern this Member. The panel held that the monitoring conditions of the penalty addressed this concern and should be of assistance to the Member in recognizing the seriousness of her actions and assisting her in the rehabilitative process.

Professionalism, honesty and integrity are the cornerstones of nursing, and the panel had serious concerns regarding the Member’s conduct which, if repeated, could seriously jeopardize the continuation of her nursing career and her registration.

It would be prudent for all members to remind themselves that the offences demonstrated will not be tolerated in the protection of the public interest and in the maintenance of their professional integrity. The panel concluded that the proposed penalty is reasonable and in the public interest.

The panel, in relation to these acts of professional misconduct, would remind employers of the importance of their responsibility in maintaining vigilance in requesting proof of a member’s current certificate of registration.

I, Sheila Richardson, RN, sign this decision and reasons as Chairperson of this Discipline Panel and on behalf of the members of the Discipline Panel as listed below:

_________________________________________, Chairperson _____________________Date

Sheila Richardson, RN
Chairperson, Discipline Panel

Pat Collins, RPN
Member, Discipline Panel

Cheryl Beemer, RN
Member, Discipline Panel

Angus Taylor, Public Member
Member, Discipline Panel

Betty Hill, Public Member
Member, Discipline Panel

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