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Bonnie Lynn Hughes, 9001546

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to complete various facility administrative and reporting procedures; failing to follow up on patient complaints; failing to follow up on a report of sexual assault of a patient; failing to follow up with applicable staff regarding deficiencies; failing to follow-up and report critical incidents to the Ministry of Heath and Long-Term Care and conduct follow up; failing to appropriately dispose of medication; and using inappropriate language in reference to a colleague.     

Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:

  • contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
  • failed to keep records as required;
  • failed to report incidents of unsafe practice or unethical conduct of a health care provider to the employer or authority responsible for the health care provider; and
  • engaged 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 on Order requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:

  • an oral reprimand;
  • a seven-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending two meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
    • not holding any managerial, supervisory or any other position of authority until she has attended the expert meetings and satisfied the related conditions; and
    • an 18-month employer notification period.

Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member’s serious and persistent deficiencies over an extended period;
  • the Member’s multiple repeated failures to respond;
  • the risk to patients with a lack of documentation involving medication errors and sexual abuse allegations;
  • the Member’s position in a Health Care environment with vulnerable patients; and
  • the Member’s persistent disregard for accountabilities and professional obligations.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member had no prior discipline history with CNO; and
  • the Member was cooperative with CNO by way of an Agreed Statement of Facts and a Joint Submission on Order, thereby accepting responsibility for her conduct.

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

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