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Sadie Isabelle Newman, 6124432
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to ensure that a long-term care facility that she owned complied with the Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 (“LTCHA”). The licence for the facility was revoked and the facility was closed. The Member also directed salary payments to herself when she did not provide any remunerative work. The Member further admitted that she provided false information in her annual membership renewal from 2015 to 2018 to the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”) by indicating that she had practiced nursing in the prior three years when she had not.
Based on the Member’s admissions, the Member was found guilty of the following:
- Signing or issuing, in her professional capacity, a document that she knew contained false and misleading information; and
- Engaging 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.
CNO and the Member presented the Panel with a Joint Submission that included a signed undertaking from the Member permanently resigning from CNO, and requesting that the Panel make an order that included the following:
- an oral reprimand.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The Member made false and misleading statements to CNO;
- The Member used her position of power at the facility and took a salary from the Ministry of Health to which she was not entitled;
- The Member had ultimate control over the facility and its operations and failed to meet the regulations of the LTCHA; and
- The Member, due to her inaction, caused the displacement of all the residents which caused them undue harm and stress.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- The Member has been a long-standing member of CNO and has not had any previous discipline history with CNO;
- The Member took responsibility for her actions and co-operated with CNO which saved time and money by avoiding a lengthy hearing;
- The Member will not return to the practice of nursing in the future; and
- The Member expressed remorse and shame for her actions.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.