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Sunday Ladipo, 15077854
The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by providing inadequate care to a patient and inadequately documenting the care he provided, which included failing to properly insert a catheter; administering the incorrect dosage of hydromorphone to a different patient; and failing to disclose to both the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) and his employer that he was being investigated by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba in relation to his nursing practice and had conditions on his registration with that College.
The Member was found guilty of the following:
- contravening a standard of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
- failing to keep records as required;
- contravening a term, condition or limitation on his certificate of registration; and
- engaging in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as dishonourable and unprofessional.
CNO and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission on Order (“JSO”) requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand;
- a 5-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending a minimum of two-meetings with a Nursing Expert;
- employer notification for 18 months; and
- six random spot audits of the Member’s practice.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had serious difficulties providing care to two patients in a very short period of time and caused harm by failing to meet their basic needs;
- the Member breached the trust and confidence of a patient and their family member due to his poor care and poor communication skills;
- the Member failed to document verbal orders not only from a physician, but also failed to carry out orders given by his supervisor;
- the Member failed to document concerns regarding incomplete doctor’s orders;
- the Member’s error caused a patient to be administered five times the ordered dose of Hydromorphone; and
- the Member failed to report to CNO that he had conditions imposed on him by the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member attended the hearing, co-operated with CNO and has taken responsibility for his actions; and
- the Member, in admitting to the allegations, saved the witnesses from having to testify and saved CNO money by reducing the hearing time.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.