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Paulamae Walker, IE02782
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to take and document steps to implement bowel protocol for a patient and/or to advise the physician of the change in the patient’s bowel/abdominal status.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession; and
- engaged 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 that included a signed undertaking from the Member permanently resigning from the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”), and requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- on oral reprimand.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The Member failed to respond to a patient’s needs and provide appropriate care over a number of days; and
- The Member’s failure in this respect shake the public’s confidence in the nursing profession.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The Member accepted responsibility for her conduct and cooperated with CNO.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the order and the undertaking leads to a result that is reasonable and in the public interest.