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Jeffrey Klein, 11447561

The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct when he made inappropriate comments to a patient, including, “Bad [Patient]”, left the patient crying naked on the bed and told the patient to dress herself; raised his voice threatening to put a different patient in seclusion; and made inappropriate comments to another patient, suggesting that the patient’s situation was her own fault, while the patient was crying.

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;
  • verbally abusing a patient; 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/or 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 five-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending a minimum of two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
    • employer notification for 18 months.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the nature and seriousness of the misconduct, including verbal abuse, which was chronicled over a period of years and toward three different patients.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member accepted responsibility and admitted to professional misconduct;
  • the Member had no prior disciplinary history;
  • the Member thought his interventions were for the patients’ best interest with no malice intended; and
  • the Member feels he gained insights into appropriate interactions with patients.

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

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