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Brenda Lee Lacroix, 8200453
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she was found guilty of driving a motor vehicle while her ability to operate the vehicle was impaired by alcohol or a drug in May 2014, as this is relevant to her suitability to practice. The Member failed to report the related charges and finding of guilt to the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”). The Member also admitted that she failed to report to CNO that she was charged in June 2014 with assault, assault with a weapon and criminal harassment. In addition, the Member admitted that she failed to report to CNO that she was charged in April 2019 with assault as well as the related bail conditions.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Panel found the Member:
- was found guilty of an offence relevant to her suitability to practice;
- contravened a term, condition or limitation of her certificate of registration;
- contravened a provision of the Nursing Act, 1991, the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, or the regulations under either of those Acts; and
- engaged in conduct, relevant to the practice of nursing, that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as dishonourable and unprofessional.
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 4-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending a minimum of 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 Member’s conduct was serious. The Member posed harm to the members of the public;
- the Member’s conduct brings discredit to the profession;
- the Member has a disregard for her professional obligations; and
- the Member has a serious disciplinary history with CNO.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member does not pose a risk of harm to patients;
- the Member’s discipline history does not demonstrate a history of conduct that poses harm to patients;
- the Member has cooperated with CNO; and
- the Member has admitted to the allegations and accepted responsibility.