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West Kelowna nurse suspended for giving patient 'anti-COVID vaccine information'

A former registered nurse from West Kelowna has been suspended from the profession after contacting a patient “to provide anti-COVID vaccine information.”

Carole Garfield admitted her “practice issues” to a panel of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) on Sept. 15.

The incident occurred in September 2021.

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BCCNM said the concerns about Garfield “related to contacting a vulnerable client, while off duty, using her personal cell phone and email, to provide anti-COVID vaccine information and to recommend alternative pseudo-science modalities.”

The college said Garfield agreed to a suspension of her nursing registration for four weeks.

She also agreed to a public reprimand, a limit on her being the sole registered nurse on duty for six months and “remedial education” in ethics, boundaries and nursing standards.

BCCNM added: “The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public.​”

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