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Discipline Committee orders former registrant to pay fine, costs as part of penalty decision

posted Jan. 12, 2018

The CRNBC Discipline Committee on Nov. 20, 2017, issued the following Decision and Order on penalty, costs and public notice for former registrant Laurie Tinkham:

a.

a reprimand;

b.

a fine of $17,500; and

c.

costs to the College in the amount of $16,535.69 to be paid  by December 31, 2017.

The Committee noted that while Ms. Tinkham's behaviour was not at the farthest end of the spectrum of serious misconduct, her behaviour was still egregious. Her failing to maintain appropriate boundaries involved her reaping substantial financial benefits from an infirm client, and her also gaining access to assets through a power of attorney. Such conduct stands to significantly erode the public’s confidence in nurses, whom the public trusts to care for vulnerable clients. Ms. Tinkham's conduct engages a need for measures that will deter similar conduct by other registrants, and promote public confidence in the profession and its ability to self-regulate.

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