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Christine Lane, JC03222
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she stole two restaurant gift cards valued at $75 each from a patient at a retirement residence.
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;
- misappropriated property from a patient; 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;
- a 3-month suspension; and
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
- employer notification for 18 months; and
- no independent practice for 12 months.
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 misconduct was serious as it involved theft and was a breach of trust which is the foundation of the nurse-patient relationship;
- the conduct was intentional and for her own personal gain; and
- the conduct brings discredit to the profession at large and shows a disregard for her professional obligations.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member has cooperated with CNO;
- the Member has shown extreme remorse and taken responsibility for her conduct;
- the Member understands the gravity of her conduct and has deep regret and remorse for her actions;
- the incident was an isolated incident; and
- the Member has no prior discipline history with CNO.