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Adwoa Mainoo, JC02810
The Member admitted that she engaged in professional misconduct when she solicited funds from the Patient and implied that she would withhold medication from the Patient if she did not promptly provide her with the requested amounts. Specifically, the Member accepted and cashed a cheque from the Patient. Additionally, the Member admitted that she removed funds from the Patient’s wallet and/or purse without the Patient’s permission for her own personal use.
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;
- verbally, physically and emotionally abused a patient;
- misappropriated property from a 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 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 6-month suspension;
- terms, conditions and limitations, including:
- attending a minimum of 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.
Aggravating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member abused the Patient on two occasions that, despite being two months apart, were remarkably similar in nature, including the timing of the Member’s request (i.e., early in the morning prior to medication administration) and the manner of the Member’s request, which made the Patient feel as if there was no choice but to give the Member the funds in order to receive care; and
- the Member accepted the funds from the Patient which is an egregious breach of trust and disregard for the Member’s obligations to the Patient.
Mitigating factors considered by the Panel included:
- the Member admitted to the allegations; and
- the Member has no prior discipline history with the CNO.