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Grace Appiah-Kubi - 10431963
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to report that a fellow nurse had sexual intercourse with a client to her employer and to the College, and by failing to change the patient assignment to prevent the nurse from being assigned to the client the following shift.
The Member was found guilty of the following:
- contravening a standard of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
- contravening a provision of the Nursing Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act or the regulations under either of those Acts;
- failing to report an incident of unsafe practice or unethical conduct of a health care provider; and
- engaging 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 requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand;
- a two-month suspension; and
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending two meetings with a Nursing Expert.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member was the Charge Nurse on shift and the following night;
- the Member waited two weeks to report the incident to her employer, resulting in the sexual abuser continuing to work with the patient for that length of time;
- the Member failed to reassign the nurse the following night; and
- the Member took no measures and made no inquiries to make sure the abuse was not ongoing.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member expressed remorse;
- the Member cooperated with the College; and
- the Member has no prior discipline history with the College.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.