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Cara Russon 07329125
The Member was alleged to have engaged in professional misconduct by injecting two clients with Xeomin, a controlled act, without a physician’s order, without proper delegation, and without meeting the conditions of an applicable medical directive; failing to complete a therapeutic assessment prior to the injections; failing to ensure the clients were assessed by a physician or nurse practitioner; and failing to document treatment in a complete and accurate manner.
The Member was not present or represented by legal counsel so the hearing proceeded in her absence.
The Panel found the Member guilty of the alleged misconduct, and in particular, the following:
- failing to maintain the standards of practice of the profession;
- contravening provisions of the Nursing Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, or the regulations under either of those Acts; and
- engaging 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 Panel made an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand;
- a 4-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending 2 meetings with a Nursing Expert; and
- employer notification for 24 months.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the number of findings; and
- the fact that the misconduct is serious in nature.
The Panel noted that the Member was not present to identify any potential mitigating factors that could apply.