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Catharina Demme, 8020901
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she misappropriated Percocet for her personal use on approximately 12,500 occasions. The Member also admitted that, in relation to the misappropriation of Percocet, she generated false information in the health records for approximately 11,500 patients and accessed personal health information for approximately 5,250 patients without clinical purpose, consent or authorization. In addition, the Member was found guilty of theft under the Criminal Code of Canada in relation to the misappropriation of Percocet.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:
- was found guilty of an offence relevant to her suitability to practice;
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standard of practice of the profession;
- misappropriated property from a patient or workplace;
- falsified a health record relating to her practice;
- signed or issued, in her professional capacity, a document that she knew or ought to have known contained a false or misleading statement; 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 that included a signed undertaking from the Member permanently resigning from CNO, and requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The extensive duration of the Member’s misconduct from 2007 to 2016; and
- The seriousness of the Member’s conduct.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The Member cooperated with CNO and negotiated an Agreed Statement of Facts and Joint Submission on Order;
- The Member showed accountability;
- The Member had no prior disciplinary history with CNO; and
- The Member suffered from a substance abuse disorder.