Adjudication Tribunal Decision - Catherine Campbell (6905)

Catherine Campbell

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 6905

On February 26, 2013, an Adjudication Tribunal established under the Registered Nurses Act, 2008, held a hearing into a Complaint by Western Health against Catherine Campbell (the “Respondent”), a registered nurse whose license to practice nursing had been suspended by Council on September 26, 2012 pending a hearing of the Complaint.

The Adjudication Tribunal accepted an Agreed Statement of Facts in which the Respondent admitted that she had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction under the Registered Nurses Act, 2008, sections 18(c)(i) professional misconduct; 18(c)(ii) professional incompetence; 18(c)(iv) incapacity or unfitness to engage in the practice of nursing; and 18(c)(v) acting in breach of the Code of Ethics. The Respondent admitted that she engaged in conduct deserving of sanction when she failed to respond to pages from nursing staff when she was in charge; was unavailable to complete resident care responsibilities having been absent from her assigned unit for unscheduled periods and failed to return to the unit when requested; failed to complete and/or document nursing assessments; failed to apply appropriate nursing judgment in care of resident(s)/patient(s); failed to complete assigned duties (such as failed to tape shift report, failed to check physician orders); failed to report for her shifts on time; failed to follow assigned break schedules leaving staff members short when completing rounds; failed to meet medication standards; failed to remove isolation gown and gloves following patient care; demonstrated behaviours that raised concern regarding her fitness to practice (such as referred to resident(s) by incorrect name or sex, left her assigned unit without notice to colleagues, was confrontational in her interaction with colleagues, demonstrated inappropriate behaviour in meetings or conversations with nursing management; remained on a nursing unit following being instructed she was to be sent home). The Adjudication Tribunal found that the Respondent had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction.

Pursuant to section 28(3) of the Registered Nurses Act, 2008, the Adjudication Tribunal, ordered:

1. Suspension of the Respondent’s nursing license indefinitely.

2. The return of the Respondent’s nursing license shall be subject to the following:

a. The Respondent completing an independent clinical assessment by a faculty member at the Centre for Nursing Studies and successfully completing all recommendations of the faculty member.

b. The Respondent successfully completing the clinical portion of the Re-entry Program at the Centre for Nursing Studies.

c. The Respondent providing a medical report from a treating physician acceptable to the Council, outlining the course of treatment, medication and confirming that she is fit to return to nursing practice.

d. The Respondent shall complete an assessment by a registered psychologist acceptable to the Council, to include assessment of complex reasoning, problem solving, as well as Beck Cognitive Insight assessment, and completion of therapy or treatment by the psychologist following completion of the assessment.

e. The Respondent qualifying for registration and licensing pursuant to the Act.

3. Upon the Respondent’s return to nursing practice she shall provide quarterly reports from her physician, registered psychologist and her supervisor for a period of one year which timeframe may be extended at the discretion of the Director of Professional Conduct Review depending on the contents of the reports.

4. The Respondent pay 25% of the costs incurred by the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.

The conduct deserving of sanction occurred from on or about October 16, 2010 to December 20, 2010, while the Respondent practiced as a registered nurse at Bay St. George Long Term Care Centre and Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, in Stephenville Crossing and Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador.


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