Disciplinary Finding - Helen Reid

In the matter of a Complaint against Helen Reid, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registrant #21747 (the “Respondent”), a registered nurse whose license to practice had been restricted by Council on December 6, 2016 pending a hearing of the Complaint.

The Adjudication Tribunal accepted an Agreed Statement of Facts in which the Respondent admitted she had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction under the Registered Nurses Act, 2008 (the “Act”) sections 18(c)(i) professional misconduct, 18(c)(ii) professional incompetence; and 18(c)(v) acting in breach of the Code of Ethics. The Adjudication Tribunal determined that the Respondent engaged in conduct deserving of sanction, which conduct included failure to provide safe competent nursing care to a patient; failure to seek direction from colleagues; failure to recognize and act on signs that a patient was in distress; failure to provide interventions to a patient; failure to thoroughly review and complete patient documentation; failure to notify a physician and a patient’s family of a change in a patient’s condition; and failure to be available during a time of crisis.

The Adjudication Tribunal accepted a Joint Submission on Penalty and pursuant to section 28(3) of the Act in a Decision dated February 27, 2017, ordered that the Registrant’s license be subject to practice restrictions until her successful completion of specified nursing education; a reflective paper to include specified content; a meeting with a Nursing Consultant – Policy and Practice, ARNNL to discuss her paper and learning. The Adjudication Tribunal further ordered the Registrant shall pay ARNNL 25% of costs incurred in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.

The conduct deserving of sanction occurred from on or about July 13, 2015 while the Respondent practiced as a registered nurse at Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Corner Brook. The Complainant was Western Health and Robert Carlson.

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