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Reprimand

Reprimand of former member Donna Marie Collins for misuse of professional nursing titles and designations

On November 22, 2017, the NANB Discipline Committee met to consider a complaint against former member Donna Marie Collins, registration number 023716, for improperly using the designations RN and NP and other designations such as RN+ and DNP indicating she is a nurse or nurse practitioner while not being a registered member of the Association and not entitled to use the designations, and for holding herself out in a manner indicating that she is entitled to practise nursing.

In her position as CEO and Consultant of Crystal Clear Transitional Care Inc., the former member’s conduct by using the above mentioned designations while widely distributing information to numerous parties with whom NANB has relationships including provincial, national and international health organizations, media, Canadian nurse regulators, medical, pharmacy and other professional associations, universities, government officials and health departments and other organizations when not registered and not entitled to use such designations, and by failing to cease and desist doing so after being repeatedly requested by NANB to cease such activity constitutes:

  1. conduct in breach of the Nurses Act and the Rules of the Association;
     
  2. conduct unbecoming a member of the Association; and
  1. conduct that has and is likely to continue to adversely affect the standing and good name of the practice of nursing and of the Association.

In a decision dated November 22, 2017, the NANB Discipline Committee made the following order:

  1. The Former Member is reprimanded for improperly using the designations RN and NP and other designations indicating she is a nurse or nurse practitioner while not being a registered member of the Association and not entitled to use the designations, and for holding herself out in a manner indicating that she is entitled to practise nursing;
  1. within 1 month of the date of this Order, the Former Member pay to the Association a fine in the amount of $1,000;
  1. within 3 months of the date of this Order, the Former Member pay to the Association a portion of the costs of these proceedings in the amount of $12,000;
  1. The Former Member submit evidence of the successful completion of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) 2017 Edition “Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses” modules;
  1. The Former Member is not eligible to apply for registration until:
  1. she has provided an Affidavit to NANB confirming that for a continuous period of one year compliance with sections 12(1), 12(1.1) and 19 of the Nurses Act she has not used the designations RN, NP, RN+, DNP or any variations of those designations, and has not held herself out or otherwise represented herself in any manner that does or could lead the public to believe that she is entitled to practise nursing;
  1. the fine and costs are paid; and
  1. she submits proof of successful completion of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) 2017 Edition “Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses” modules.
  1. A notice of this decision shall be published:
  1. in the next edition of the Info Nursing and on the Association’s website, which notice shall include the Former Member’s name and registration number and shall remain on the Association’s website for such time and be posted at such times as the Regulatory Consultant: Professional Conduct Review of the Association determines it is useful or necessary in order to inform other parties and organizations and the public that the Former Member is not a registered member of the Association and is not authorized to use nursing designations;
  1. in such other publications and media of any kind as deemed necessary or appropriate by the Regulatory Consultant: Professional Conduct Review.
  1. The Regulatory Consultant: Professional Conduct Review of the Association may provide information and copies of this Decision or notice of this Decision to such persons the Consultant deems necessary or advisable to ensure that such persons are aware the Former Member is not a registered member of the Association, is not authorized to use nursing designations, and is subject to the terms and conditions of this Decision.

If you have questions or concerns about the above notice, please contact the NANB Registrar.

November 22, 2017