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David Christie, AA813451
The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by mimicking an air kiss or puckering his lips and making a kissing noise in close proximity to a patient’s lips.
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; 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 1-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- employer notification 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 Member acknowledged that it was part of his practice to engage in physical contact with patients.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member accepted responsibility for the misconduct by agreeing to the Agreed Statement of Facts and the Joint Submission on Order.