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Anne Catherine Frazer, 9917253/IB13372
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct by failing to maintain the boundaries of the therapeutic nurse-patient relationship when she engaged in a personal relationship with a patient who was being treated for multiple psychiatric illnesses. The Member also admitted that she engaged in a physical, romantic and sexual relationship with the patient after they were discharged from the facility, until the Member ended the relationship almost a year after it had begun.
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;
- emotionally abused the 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.
The Member signed an undertaking to permanently resign as a member of 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.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the patient was a vulnerable patient being treated for multiple psychiatric illnesses and required treatment and supervision; and
- the Member allowed the therapeutic nurse-patient boundary to become blurred.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member took responsibility for her actions;
- the Member brought her conduct to the attention of her supervisor and also participated with CNO by signing an undertaking to permanently resign and not apply for registration in the future;
- the Member was a nurse for almost 30 years with CNO; and
- the Member resigned in 2019 after a long and unblemished career without any reports to CNO or workplace discipline.