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Nurse appeals $26K fine for online criticism of care her grandparents received

Carolyn Strom of Prince Albert, Sask., was brought before a disciplinary committee after posting comments on Facebook. Iain Masterton/Getty Images

A nurse, who was found guilty of professional misconduct for criticizing the quality of care her grandparents received, is appealing the $26,000 fine levelled against her by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association.

Carolyn Strom, of Prince Albert, Sask., was brought before a disciplinary committee after posting comments on Facebook.

Strom said her grandfather spent a week in palliative care before he died, and both he and her grandmother had received “sub-par care” in a long-term care facility for many years.

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She also issued a call for nurses to do better for seniors, but the association charged she was using her status as a registered nurse for personal purposes and had violated the confidentiality of her grandparents.

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Most of the fine will go toward reimbursing the nursing association for the cost of the investigation and the resulting hearings.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to help Strom.

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