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Cathryn Marie Dulmage, IA03920
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct while registered as a Registered Practical Nurse, and employed as a Personal Support Worker, when she engaged in a personal, romantic and sexual relationship with an elderly patient with dementia for whom she was providing home care services. The Member engaged in physical sexual relations with the patient, hugged and kissed the patient and exchanged remarks of a sexual nature with the patient.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:
- sexually abused the Patient;
- 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; and
- revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration.
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 patient was an elderly gentleman with dementia; and
- the patient was vulnerable.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member has cooperated throughout the entire process; and
- the Member acknowledged her misconduct by agreeing to the Agreed Statement of Facts and the Joint Submission on Order.