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Stacey Hogue, 0389221
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct. In providing care to a patient in labour on the Women and Babies Unit, the Member failed to recognize incidents of abnormal fetal heart rate, failed to monitor the patient’s labour effectively and failed to advocate for the patient, including seeking appropriate assistance. The Member further failed to document concerns about the patient’s labour, the patient’s request for assistance from a physician, consultations with colleagues, including communications with the charge nurse, and requests for a physician to attend to assess the patient. The baby was delivered by emergency cesarean in grave condition and died six days later.
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:
- contravened a standard of practice of the profession or failed to meet the standards of practice of the profession;
- failed to keep records as required; and
- engaged 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.
Discipline Committee’s Order
The College of Nurses of Ontario (“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 5-month suspension; and
- terms, conditions and limitations including:
- attending 2 meetings with a Regulatory Expert; and
- completion of a nursing course in obstetrics; and
- employer notification for 12 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 joint submission on order.