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Ian David Loughrey, 84355646
The Member was alleged to have engaged in professional misconduct, when he worked on units with high acuity patients, by making racial slurs to a patient on two separate occasions; failing to assess and provide adequate care to a number of patients; failing to comply with a doctor’s order for constant observation of a patient; and leaving his shift early without providing the required report to his colleagues.
The Member was not present or represented by legal counsel so the hearing proceeded in his absence.
The Panel found the Member guilty of the alleged misconduct, and in particular, the following:
- failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
- failing to keep records as required; and
- engaging in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional.
The Panel made an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand; and
- revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the seriousness of the conduct;
- the vulnerable and sick population of patients;
- the impact of the Member’s conduct on the patients, his colleagues and the criminal justice system;
- the misconduct occurred over a two-year period; and
- the Member’s misconduct continued despite him completing a learning plan and receiving disciplinary action from his employer.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had a long career in nursing and has no past history of involvement with CNO.