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Jemmel Marcano, JG679194
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she failed to complete proper assessments of patients, administered medication contrary to a physician’s order and failed to initiate a physician’s order. The Member also admitted that she failed to keep appropriate documentation in relation to patient assessments and care, failed to provide a full report to a nurse practitioner to ensure proper transfer of care and failed to report the condition of patients to a physician.
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;
- 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 unprofessional.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the seriousness of the Member’s conduct;
- the conduct was repeated over time; and
- the potential harm that can result from the conduct including patients receiving inadequate care and possible discredit to the nursing profession.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member had no previous disciplinary history with the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”);
- the Member cooperated with CNO by coming to an agreement on the facts of the case;
- the Member accepted responsibility for her conduct; and
- the Member avoided the need for a contested hearing.
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.