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Paula Theodossiou, 8202160

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by participating in an intervention to obtain a blood sample from a patient without consent, using physical restraint and improperly using a PRN medication as a chemical restraint.  The Member admitted that she should have, but failed to, consult with a physician after the patient refused to provide a blood sample to assess an appropriate course of action.

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;
  • engaged in an act for a therapeutic, preventative, palliative, diagnostic, cosmetic or other health related purpose in a situation in which a consent is required, without such a consent; 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.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Patient was vulnerable and experiencing a mental health issue significant enough to require a Form 1; and
  • the Patient made it clear that she was refusing consent and the repeated refusals showed that she was clear in her intent.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member accepted responsibility and co-operated with the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) resulting in an uncontested hearing which avoided the need for others to testify;
  • the Member had no past discipline history;
  • the Member voluntarily entered the Non-Practicing Class in 2018 while she waited for the process to conclude; and
  • the Member showed remorse and freely admitted that her actions showed a complete lack of judgement.

The Member signed an undertaking to permanently resign as a member of CNO and agreed not to reapply for membership with CNO at any time in the future.

In light of this undertaking, CNO and the Member jointly sought an order requiring the Member to appear before the Panel for an oral reprimand.

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

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