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Kathleen Bernice Brown, HD08163

The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to monitor, assess, intervene, seek assistance or appropriately document her care for a patient while he was in a locked room and engaging in self-harm; as well as using profanity, stating words to the effect of, “he’s not my fucking patient” to a colleague.

The Member was found guilty of the following:

  • contravening a standard of practice of the profession or failing to meet the standard of practice of the profession; and
  • engaging 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.

The College of Nurses of Ontario (“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 seriousness of the Member’s conduct; and
  • the consequences to the patient when the Member failed to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the patient and protect him from self-harm.

Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:

  • the Member had a very long career registered with CNO and no history of discipline; and
  • the Member took responsibility for her actions.

The Panel accepted the Joint Submission, concluding that the proposed penalty was reasonable and in the public interest. 



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