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Steven Mymryk, AJ762481

The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by yelling or speaking to patients in an inappropriate tone of voice, making rude and inappropriate comments at patients, hitting/striking a patient, pushing a patient’s wheelchair with inappropriate force, forcing or attempting to force a patient to eat, throwing a glass of liquid at a patient and failing to ensure that a patient received appropriate care.

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

  • contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standard of practice of the profession;
  • abused patients verbally, physically and emotionally; 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 (“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 seven-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending a minimum of two meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
    • employer notification for 24 months; and
    • no independent practice for 24 months.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • a repeated pattern of verbal, emotional and physical abuse directed towards patients with cognitive and physical impairments;
  • numerous breaches of standards;
  • multiple interactions with the same patient; and
  • the incidents were not isolated.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

 

  • the Member had no history with CNO;
  • the Member showed early remorse in the proceedings; and
  • the Member voluntarily admitted to the allegations.

 

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

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