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Barbara Ann Rogers, 0390955
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct, while acting as charge nurse, when she administered medication to a patient in the morning when the order was for bed time, failed to complete a transfer of accountability at the end of her shift, failed to understand the purpose of administering Fentanyl to a patient and failed to communicate appropriately with staff. The Member also admitted that she kissed a patient on the lips, commenting that “you get further with honey” to a co-worker.
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;
- emotionally abused a patient;
- 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/or 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 (to take effect at a later date);
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- employer notification for 12 months.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- seriousness of the conduct; and
- the Member illustrated a problematic mind set as a charge nurse.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member was remorseful, co-operated with CNO and accepted responsibility for her actions;
- the Member has no previous conduct history with CNO;
- there was no physical harm to patients; and
- the Member submitted that she gained insight into her practice.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.
In agreeing to defer the start of the suspension to a later date, the Panel took notice of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the member’s current employment in a long-term care facility. The Panel considered the Member’s submissions that it would be difficult for her employer to find a replacement for her, there is a risk to patients by introducing new staff from another facility and the fact that the member’s employer was supportive of the proposed outcome, including the start date of the suspension.