Nurses disciplined for medication issues, record falsification, privacy breaches

College says disciplines will protect public interest

Four B.C. nurses have been disciplined by their professional body on issues of medication errors, privacy breaches and falsifying records, B.C. College of Nursing Professionals show.

On March 30, 2020,  a panel of the college’s inquiry committee approved a consent agreement between the college and Viktoria Seemannova of Victoria to remediate breaching the privacy of seven individuals. The college said she accessed electronic health records of people with whom she had no professional relationship.

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Seemannova voluntarily agreed to a suspension of 14 days and educational coursework.

On March 20, a panel approved an agreement between the college and Fort St. John licenced practical nurse Shelley Blum to remediate practice issues related to her failure to follow the seven rights of medication administration and to document accurately on clinical records. 

The college said Blum did not practice in accordance with college responsibility accountability, competency and ethical standards. Blum agreed to a reprimand and to complete remedial education.

Blum also agreed to a seven-day suspension for deliberately contravening the Northern Health Authority's privacy and confidentiality policy in accessing her own personal electronic health records.

Also March 20, a panel approved an agreement between the college and Ann Otumu of Gibsons related to a significant medication error, failing to disclose the error to her colleagues and a physician, failing to conduct an appropriate assessment of a resident after she recognized her error and falsifying medical records to hide the error.

The college said Otumu agreed to an eight-week suspension and limits on practice upon her return to work. She agreed to a condition that she must complete remedial coursework in the areas of medication administration, critical thinking skills, and ethics as well as complete a learning plan to explore the circumstances that led to the error and conduct issue and prevent recurrence. 

Otumu will also be subject to practice limits for six months, specifically, that she is not the sole regulated nurse on duty, and that all high-risk medications are double-checked by another regulated nurse.

On March 17, a panel approved an agreement between the college and Prince George’s Ryan Doverspike to remediate practice issues related to administration of medication and a failure to apply the principles of client-centered care/trauma informed  practice to a vulnerable patient.

The college said Doverspike agreed to a public reprimand, completing coursework  including a review of trauma-informed practice and  the development of a self-reflection tool to examine the conduct issues 

On March 3, a panel approved an agreement under which an unnamed nurse agreed to a reprimand for conduct related to falsifying clinical records as well as undertakings involving regular monitoring for fitness to practice nursing and a limitation on their practice. 

In each case, the college said the inquiry committee was satisfied that the undertakings will protect the public.

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