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Mona Cuison, JH702745
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct. During the Member’s employment at a retirement residence, she used her master key to enter a patient’s room on two occasions while the patient was eating dinner in the dining room. The Member stole a total of $125 from the patient’s purse.
The Member was criminally charged and pled guilty to two counts of theft under $5000. The Member failed to report the details of the criminal charges and findings of guilt to the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”).
Discipline Committee’s Findings
Based on the Member’s admissions, a panel of the Discipline Committee of the College of Nurses of Ontario (the “Panel”) found that the Member:
- was found guilty of an offence that is relevant to the member’s suitability to practise;
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
- misappropriated property from a client or workplace;
- contravened a term, condition or limitation on the member’s certificate of registration; 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.
Discipline Committee’s Order
The 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; and
- terms, conditions and limitations including:
- attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert;
- employer notification for 18 months; and
- no independent practice for 18 months.
The Panel accepted the Joint Submission on Order, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest.
The Panel noted that the Member cooperated with the CNO and accepted responsibility by agreeing to the facts and the proposed order.