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Kenneth Taylor, 8322158
The Member admitted that he engaged in professional misconduct by failing to discontinue a patient’s seclusion in a timely manner once the patient was no longer agitated and de-escalation was no longer required. The Member also admitted to physically abusing a second patient by using an improper technique to physically restrain the patient by placing his weight on the patient’s back and holding the patient’s arm behind his back. In addition, the Member referred to one of his colleagues as “incompetent.”
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;
- physically 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.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the seriousness of the Member’s conduct; and
- the vulnerable patient population for whom the Member was caring.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member has no past disciplinary record with the College of Nurses (“CNO”);
- the Member cooperated with the CNO;
- the Member has taken responsibility for his actions and did not contest the hearing;
- the Member has shown accountability;
- the Member paid a high price and left his employment when the allegations came to light;
- there was no evidence provided that the Member had premeditation or an intention to do harm;
- the Member was working with extremely challenging patients and the Member would volunteer to care for the most difficult patients; and
- the Member was a long serving Registered Nurse with 34 years’ experience.
The Member signed an undertaking to permanently resign as a member of the CNO and agreed not to apply for membership with CNO at any time in the future.
In light of the Member’s undertaking, CNO and the Member jointly sought an order requiring the Member to appear before the Panel for an oral reprimand.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.