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Karen Elizabeth Brosso, 9329392

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by being involved in photographing and videotaping a patient including lying on the patient’s bed and making jokes about “who was boss” and laughing as the patient talked about bowel movements. The Member also admitted that she made inappropriate comments regarding five patients to the patients and colleagues.  

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;
  • verbally and emotionally abused patients; 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;
  • terms, conditions and limitations, including:
    • attending a minimum of 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 conduct was serious in that it involved a breach of the standards and abuse of multiple patients on different occasions;
  • there was potential harm to patients that stemmed from the Member’s abusive conduct; and
  • the conduct brings discredit to the profession at large and shows a disregard for the Member’s professional obligations.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member cooperated with CNO; 
  • the Member accepted responsibility for her conduct;
  • the Member has shown remorse;
  • the Member has been working at another facility without any issue;
  • the Member has no prior discipline history with CNO;
  • the Member has had a long unblemished nursing career of over 27 years;
  • this is the first time that the Member has been the subject of a complaint or report;
  • the Member has not had a prior finding of misconduct with CNO;
    • the Member has undertaken self-reflection; 
    • the Member has reviewed many of CNO’s practice documents; and
    • the Member has admitted to her mistakes and has demonstrated accountability.

 

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