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Former BC nurse suspended, reprimanded for practice issues while caring for post-op patient

A former registered nurse is facing a reprimand and potential suspension of their license for practice issues that happened in 2021 and 2022 while caring for a postoperative patient.

On Sept. 14, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) issued a consent agreement with Heather Hale of Duncan to address the issues.

According to a summary of the agreement, the issues happened on Dec. 8, 2021 and April 11, 2022.

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The practice issues related to the failure to monitor and document the assessment of a postoperative patient with an epidural catheter in situ, the failure to administer medications as ordered and a failure to comply with practice restrictions during orientation to a new worksite.

On March 31, 2023, the nurse’s registration lapsed.

However, if she were ever to reapply for practising registration she would have to “to satisfy the Registration Committee that they meet the requirements of fitness, competence, and good character.”

If she ever returned to practice she would be required to agree to terms and limits on her practice including:

  • A two month suspension

  • A year-long limit prohibiting her from practising in critical care, being the sole nurse on duty, working as the RN in Charge of the unit, supervising students or orientation new employees

  • Supervision of her nursing practice for one year

  • Developing a learning plan with the BCCNM and her employer

  • Ensuring fitness to practice through result visitors to a healthcare provider


An inquiry committee was satisfied those terms would protect the public from similar practice issues.



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