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Julie Marilyn Franklin, HC02002

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she maintained a personal relationship with a patient while the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship was ongoing. The Member drove the patient in her car on personal matters, the patient attended the Member’s home and stayed overnight, the Member and the patient kissed, took photograph(s) together, exchanged gifts and the Member purchased a cell phone for the patient for personal communications.

Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:

  • sexually abused a patient;
  • 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 disgraceful, dishonourable and unprofessional.

The College of Nurses of Ontario and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:

  • an oral reprimand; and
  • revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration.

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

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