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Mary Bruce, 9207796
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she raised her voice toward, and within earshot of, colleagues and patients on more than one occasion, made disrespectful comments about a colleague and communicated inappropriately with a patient’s family. The Member also admitted that she failed to complete the triage process and arrange for assessment of a patient while working as a triage nurse, and that she failed to document any interactions with 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 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 four-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending a minimum of two meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
- a 24-month employer notification period; and
- no independent practice for 24 months.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member failed to document that a patient required a follow up appointment; and
- the Member demonstrated a lack of insight into her practice as she had three prior complaints with CNO prior to the hearing, in which the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee required the member to complete remedial activities.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member cooperated with CNO; and
- the Member was remorseful, admitted the allegations and accepted responsibility for her actions.