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The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct when he spoke to a patient in a loud and aggressive manner and forcefully pushed and held the patient down on a stretcher.

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;
  • verbally, physically and emotionally abusing a patient; 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 College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:

  • an oral reprimand;
  • a six-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending a minimum of two meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
    • employer notification for 18 months; and
    • no independent practice for 18 months.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the seriousness of the allegations;
  • there was physical and emotional harm; and
  • the Member showed poor judgment.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member was a dedicated nurse since 1996;
  • the Member co-operated with CNO and was remorseful;
  • the Member accepted responsibility for the allegations; and
  • the Member had no prior discipline history with CNO.

The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest. 

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