Registration and Licensure Details

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Registration Number:
24108
Given Name(s):
ALISON MARGARET
Last Name(s):
O'NEIL
Register:
Registered Nurses
Category of Licence:
Not Licenced
Essential Information:
None

Decisions and Outcomes

Decision Outcomes:
Condition or restriction, Reprimand, Revocation, Suspension
Date:
September 15, 2016

Consent Revocation
Dartmouth, NS

The Professional Conduct Committee of the College of Registered of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) met on September 15, 2016 to review an application for consent revocation from Alison Margaret O’Neil, which was presented to the Committee with the consent of CRNNS. The application was made pursuant to section 86 of the Regulations made under the Registered Nurses Act.

In her application for consent revocation, Ms. O’Neil admitted to the following allegations of incapacity and professional misconduct:

Allegation 1

She breached the order of the Professional Conduct Committee by consuming alcohol

Allegation 2

She failed to disclose a DUI charge to CRNNS

The Professional Conduct Committee accepted Ms. O’Neil’s application and revoked her license and registration, effective September 15, 2016.

The Committee also ordered that Ms. O’Neil shall not be entitled to make an application for re-instatement of her license and registration until at least September 15, 2018.

In making the decision, the Committee noted that revocation of Ms. O’Neil’s license and registration was consistent with CRNNS’s mandate to protect the public and ensure public confidence in the nursing profession.

Read the complete decision and reasons of the PCC.


Restoration of Licence
Imposition of Conditions and Restrictions

On July 27, 2010, the Professional Conduct Committee accepted Alison O’Neil’s application for the restoration of her licence to practise nursing in Nova Scotia, and imposed a number of conditions and restrictions on her licence.


Reprimand & Continuation of Suspension

On May 15, 2008, the Professional Conduct Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (the College) accepted a Settlement Proposal agreed upon by the College and Alison Margaret O'Neil and recommended by the Complaints Committee of the College. The Complaints Committee had previously ordered an interim suspension of Ms. O’Neil’s licence to practise nursing, pending further disposition by the Professional Conduct Committee.

The Settlement Proposal was advanced pursuant to Section 34 of the Registered Nurses Regulations and contained the following allegations:

  1. Ms. O’Neil suffered and/or suffers from an incapacity that rendered and/or renders her unsafe to practise nursing.
  2. Between March 2007 and July 2007, on a number of occasions, she misappropriated medication from her employer.
  3. Between March 2007 and July 2007, on more than one occasion, she breached conditions and/or restrictions on her CRNNS licence to practise nursing.
  4. Between March 2007 and July 2007, on more than one occasion, she was fraudulent in her documentation of medication.

Ms. O’Neil admitted to the above allegations, agreed to a finding of incapacity and professional
misconduct as defined in the Registered Nurses Act, and agreed to the following disposition:

  • a reprimand for the professional misconduct; and
  • continuation of the suspension of her licence to practise nursing until such time as she satisfies the Professional Conduct Committee that she has completed mandatory treatment directed toward recovery and is fit to return to the practice of nursing.

The Settlement Proposal also provides that a breach of any aspect of the Settlement Proposal shall constitute professional misconduct and may form the subject of a hearing before the Professional Conduct Committee.


Continuation of Suspension

On January 21, 2005, the Professional Conduct Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (the College) accepted a Settlement Proposal in the matter of Alison O’Neil. The Settlement Proposal was advanced pursuant to Section 34 of the Registered Nurses Regulations and was in response to a March 3, 2004, complaint laid by Ms. O’Neil’s employer, regarding the alleged misappropriation of certain medications and the falsification and destruction of certain medication records.

Following the laying of that complaint on March 3, 2004, Ms. O’Neil:

  1. provided the College with her undertaking that she would not engage in the practice of nursing pending a decision of the Complaints Committee; and
  2. agreed to undergo an assessment by an assessor approved by the College.

On October 29, 2004, after reviewing the Assessment Report and hearing from the complainant and respondent, the Complaints Committee issued an interim suspension of Ms. O’Neil’s licence to practise nursing and forwarded the matter to the Professional Conduct Committee.

In the ensuing January 21, 2005, Settlement Proposal, Ms. O’Neil admits to the allegation of misappropriation of medications and the falsification and destruction of certain medication records and agrees that she is incapacitated due to a medical condition within the meaning of the Registered Nurses Act.

This Settlement Proposal then provides for the continuation of the suspension of Ms. O’Neil’s licence until such time as the suspension is lifted by the Professional Conduct Committee. The Professional Conduct Committee may only consider an application to lift the suspension when various conditions related to the recovery from her medical condition have been met by Ms. O’Neil. These conditions include counselling, treatment, and further assessment.

The Settlement Proposal provides that a breach of an undertaking pursuant to the Settlement Proposal shall constitute professional misconduct and may form the subject of a hearing before the Professional Conduct Committee.