Adjudication Tribunal Decision - Jennifer Abbott (17045)

Jennifer Abbott

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 17045

Pursuant to a hearing held in accordance with Section 25 of the Registered Nurses Act (2008) (the “Act”) on September 29, 30 and October 1, 2010, the Adjudication Tribunal found Jennifer Abbott (the “Respondent”) guilty of conduct deserving of sanction pursuant to Act, in particular, section 18(c):

(i) Professional misconduct, in that the Respondent failed on several occasions to follow instructions of her supervisor or preceptor and as well confronted a family member of a palliative care patient in an inappropriate manner;

(ii) Professional incompetence, in that the Respondent breached the standards of care to be expected of a competent nurse, including breakdowns and errors during all aspects of the nursing process; and

(iii) Conduct unbecoming a registered nurse, in that the Respondent consistently violated her employer’s and her profession’s expectations of reporting to work on time.

The conduct occurred during the period of December 5, 2008 to April 23, 2009 while the Respondent practiced in Buchans and Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Pursuant to section 28(3) of the Act, the Adjudication Tribunal ordered that the Respondent is prohibited from acquiring a license to practice nursing in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador until the following terms and conditions are met to the satisfaction of the ARNNL Director of Regulatory Services:

(i) supportive assessments regarding her medical and functional ability to practice as a registered nurse,

(ii) satisfactory completion of a Nursing Re-entry program, if required, based on the outcomes of the medical assessments, and

(iii) qualify for registration and licensing pursuant to the Act.

There was no Order as to costs.

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