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Monique Forrester, JC82721
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she engaged in a personal relationship with a patient, accessed the patient’s personal health information without clinical purpose, and failed to take appropriate steps after the patient disclosed plans of self-harm.
The Member was found guilty of:
- contravening a standard of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standards of practice of the profession; 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 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 four-month suspension; and
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- employer notification for 18 months.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the patient was vulnerable;
- the Member failed to maintain the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship; and
- the Member failed to use appropriate channels to notify a health professional regarding the patient’s communication of potential self-harm.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member cooperated with CNO and admitted to the allegations of professional misconduct; and
- the Member had no prior discipline record with CNO.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.