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Kelly Beerschoten, 9423534

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct while acting as Unit Leader when she failed to assign the responsibility to complete hourly rounds to herself or her colleagues, failed to ensure that hourly rounds had been completed and failed to complete close observation monitoring of her patient as required by a physician’s order, but documenting that she had.

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;
  • falsifying a record relating to her practice;
  • signing or issuing, in her professional capacity, a document that she knew or ought to have known contained a false or misleading statement; and
  • engaging 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 requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:

  • an oral reprimand;
  • a two-month suspension;
  • 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:

  • Member failed to complete checks on the Patient or others as per physician’s order;
  • Member documented that the checks were completed by herself personally;
  • Member’s documentation was a form of dishonesty and breach of trust; and
  • Member’s actions led to serious harm of the patient and ultimately a devastating outcome.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • Member had a lengthy career in the nursing profession;
  • Member had no discipline history with CNO;
  • Member showed early acceptance of responsibility;
  • Member demonstrated intense remorse for her actions and their consequences;
  • Member took the initiative to seek guidance from a Nursing Expert and underwent two visits with the Nursing Expert at her own expense;
  • the acuity of the unit was very high on the day in question;
  • Member cooperated fully with CNO and a lengthy discipline hearing was not required; and
  • Member had glowing references and skills.  

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

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