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B.C. nurse banned for five years for 'sexualized' behaviour

Mark Mohun-Smith placed his hands on a female patient's shoulders, told her to shut up, pushed her backwards into her room and closed the door, according to a recent decision from B.C.'s College of Nurses and Midwives.
A B.C. nurse cannot re-apply to work for five years.

B.C.’s College of Nurses and Midwives has banned a nurse from working in the field for five years for medication concerns and inappropriate sexual behaviour.

On Oct. 24, a college panel of inquiry approved a consent agreement between the college and Mark Mohun-Smith.

According to a public notice posted on the college's website, several female patients reported sexually inappropriate conduct from Mohun-Smith from 2017 to 2020.

“The women were all highly vulnerable. The reported misconduct ranged in seriousness from sexualized comments to intrusive sexual touching,” the agreement said.

In the spring of 2020, the panel said Mohun-Smith responded inappropriately to a female patient when he placed his hands on her shoulders, told her to shut up, pushed her backwards into her room, and closed the door.

In June of that same year, the panel said Mohun-Smith pressured a co-worker to go on break when two coworkers were already on break.

“He entered the room of a female patient, provided a different medication than she had requested, and failed to chart both symptomology and medication administration,” the notice said.

​The decision said Mohun-Smith voluntarily agreed to a cancellation of his registration and not to reapply for five years. 

The decision does not indicate where Mohun-Smith practiced.

The college is one of 18 regulatory bodies empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate health professions in B.C. It regulates the practice of four distinct professions: nursing, practical nursing, psychiatric nursing and midwifery. 

Similar legislation in other self-regulated areas such as the legal and notary public professions also allows citizens to know about discipline issues in the public interest.

“The inquiry committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public,” the college said.

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