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Stacie Haringa, 07309824
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by having sexual intercourse with two patients. The Member also admitted to socializing with a patient for a non-therapeutic purpose and disclosing personal information to a patient and the patient’s spouse.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:
- sexually abused two patients by engaging in sexual behaviour toward the patients including sexual intercourse;
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession; and
- engaged in conduct relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, 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;
- revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration; and
- reimbursement of CNO up to $10,000, for funding for therapy and counselling for the patients, under the program required by s. 85.7 of the Health Professionals Procedural Code (“Code”).
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 seriousness of the Member’s conduct;
- the Member’s conduct violated the core values in nursing, particularly the therapeutic nurse-client relationship; and
- the Member breached professional boundaries on numerous occasions with two different patients.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member demonstrated awareness of her conduct and took full responsibility for her actions;
- the Member accepted the penalty for her actions; and
- the Member was remorseful.