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Deanna Blum, JI740088
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by:
- failing to monitor, assess, intervene, seek assistance and appropriately document the care of a patient who was engaging in self-harm;
- swatting the hand of a patient; and
- telling a patient, “don’t hit me or I will not help you” or “stop pawing me”, in a rude and annoyed tone.
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; 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 three-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending two meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- employer notification for 12 months.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member harmed two vulnerable patients;
- the Member slapped and threatened to withhold care from an elderly woman who had poor eyesight, hearing and a diagnosis of dementia;
- the Member failed to document;
- the Member failed to provide safe and appropriate care to patients; and
- the Member did not take proper steps to protect a patient from self-harm.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had no prior discipline history with CNO;
- the Member co-operated with CNO, took responsibility for her actions and expressed remorse; and
- in admitting to the allegations, the Member reduced the hearing time.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.