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Harry Ross Phillips - HB00248
The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by borrowing money from a client’s family member.
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;
- practising the profession while in a conflict of interest; 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 Member signed an undertaking to permanently resign as a member of the College. In light of this undertaking, 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
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member borrowed money from the client’s husband on more than one occasion; and
- the Member allowed the client’s husband to believe the level of care was related to the funds borrowed.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had no previous disciplinary history;
- the Member cooperated with the College; and
- the Member paid the loans back to the client’s husband.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.