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Clysen Elisabeth Popo, 9413576
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she failed to ensure a post-surgical patient assigned to her care received appropriate medical treatment. The Member admitted that she did not assess or initiate appropriate interventions on the patient after her co-worker advised her about interventions she initiated and that she failed to appropriately transfer accountability of the patient before she went on break. The Member also admitted that she failed to appropriately monitor the patient, including documenting that she performed checks on the patient when she had not, as well as failing to intervene appropriately when the patient was found without vital signs.
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;
- signed or issued, in her professional capacity, a document that she knew, or ought to have known contained a false or misleading statement; 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 three-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending a minimum of two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- employer notification for 18 months.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member showed a serious disregard for her obligations to care for a patient.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had a long, otherwise unblemished career in nursing; and
- the Member expressed remorse, co-operated with CNO and accepted responsibility for her actions.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.