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Vicki Church-Labrie, 0182840

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by accessing her own personal health information and the personal health information of four patients who she was acquainted with, without authorization or clinical purpose.  The Member also admitted to engaging in a verbal confrontation regarding a personal matter with a colleague on or around facility grounds.

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; 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 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 3-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
    • employer notification for 12 months.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member’s actions were not an isolated case and were a breach of trust;
  • the Member accessed five different patients’ personal files including her own; and
  • the Member’s access to files occurred over a five-year time span.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member has been a long-standing member of CNO;
  • the Member had no previous discipline history with CNO;
  • the Member accepted responsibility and admitted to her misconduct by entering a plea, avoiding a contested hearing; and
  • the Member cooperated with CNO and attended the hearing.

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

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