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Meagan Willard, AE116526

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she failed to conduct assessments of certain assigned patients on several occasions, frequently failed to document patient care and made incomplete entries in numerous patient charts. In addition, the Member admitted that she failed to attend a number of scheduled patient visits, some of which she was paid for attending, and driving herself to the office after she intentionally misrepresented to her employer that she would not do so while her driver’s licence was suspended.

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 workplace;
  • 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 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 12-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending a minimum of 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
    • 24 months of employer notification;
    • 6 random spot audits of the Member’s documentation over an 18-month period; and
    • no independent practice for 24 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’s conduct was serious;
  • the Member failed to document care, which put patients at risk;
  • the Member was dishonest with her employer;
  • the Member disregarded her obligations to her patients;
  • the Member’s conduct occurred over a period of time, and her actions increased in frequency;
  • the Member had total disregard for the profession and patients;
  • the Member breached the trust of her employer, patients, and the profession;
  • the Member misappropriated time and money from her employer;
  • the Member did not provide home care to multiple patients knowing no other nurse would be going to their homes; and
  • the Member failed to co-operate in the investigation and pre-hearing stage with CNO.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member has no previous history with CNO;
  • the Member co-operated with CNO following the pre-hearing;
  • the Member attended the hearing;
  • the Member participated and accepted responsibility for her actions; and
  • the Member agreed to the Agreed Statement of Facts and the Joint Submission on Order.
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