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Monica Pedzinski, 16140034/JG688772
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to verbally report on patients and transfer accountability of the patients assigned to her before leaving at the end of her shift; failing to ensure that alternative or replacement services were arranged before leaving at the end of her shift; failing to conduct the narcotic count with the incoming nurse and failing to physically hand the unit keys to the nurse before leaving; failing to document an assessment of a patient; and documenting a progress note without noting it as a late entry.
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;
- discontinued professional services that were needed;
- failed to keep records as required; and
- engaged in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as 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 one-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 seriousness of the Member’s conduct;
- the Member’s conduct involved leaving her shift without a replacement which posed a risk of harm; and
- the Member’s actions involved intention and showed disregard for her responsibilities.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member took responsibility for her actions;
- the Member had no prior disciplinary issues with CNO;
- the Member expressed remorse; and
- the Member’s willingness to work with CNO, including by agreeing to an Agreed Statement of Facts and a Joint Submission on Order.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.