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Annie P. Campeau, 9210782
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when, while working as the RN-In-Charge, she failed to assess a patient who had suffered an injury, failed to complete an incident report and failed to assess the situation and coordinate actions. After the patient retuned from the hospital, the Member failed to assess or identify significant changes to the patient’s health condition and failed to review the patient’s health records from her stay at the hospital and/or contact the hospital to obtain information with respect to the patient’s care there. The Member also admitted that she failed to take appropriate action in relation to the patient’s declining health status and failed to provide clinical support and leadership to an RPN who was providing care to the patient.
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;
- failed to keep records as required; 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.
The College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission on Order requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand;
- a 3-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- a 12-month employer notification period.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member’s conduct was very serious;
- the patient ultimately passed away; and
- the Member’s lack of assessment and documentation showed a serious disregard for her professional obligations.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had no disciplinary history with CNO; and
- the Member fully accepted responsibility, acknowledged her misconduct and cooperated with CNO.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.