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Amanda Hohban, 17307763

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she failed to maintain the boundaries of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship with a patient. The Member and the patient had a personal and romantic relationship during which they communicated via Facebook, text message and phone as well as met in person outside of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship. The Member gave the patient a birthday card and obtained a phone for the patient. The Member and the patient also travelled to Montreal together and stayed overnight in a hotel. During the trip, the Member and the patient drank alcohol together and kissed which was documented in a photograph.

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;
  • sexually abused 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 6-month suspension;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
    • employer notification for 18 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 patient was a vulnerable individual with addiction issues who was seeking treatment in a supervised consumption site;
  • the text messages grew out of the nurse-patient relationship which included comments such as “it’s crazy to think some of your bad days is what brought us together”;
  • there was a sexual relationship within months of a therapeutic nurse-patient relationship;
  • the relationship extended over a period of months; and
  • the Member and the patient went on an overnight trip to Montreal together during which they consumed alcohol.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member was remorseful;
  • the Member cooperated with her employer and CNO;
  • the Member admitted to professional misconduct which avoids the need for a contested hearing engaging witnesses and the patient;
  • the Member was a relatively new nurse and it was her first job; and
  • the Member proactively took online modules from CNO.
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