Two Regina nurses to have their licences suspended
Stefanie Ward and Jennifer Sanders, both licensed practical nurses (LPN), will have their licences suspended after pleading guilty to professional misconduct.
On April 28, 2017, the two women were working at Pasqua Hospital when they brought a person into a room meant for confidential charting by health professionals. This person was not a patient of the hospital. According to their notices of hearing, Sanders started an IV and administered normal saline and then Ward administered Zofran by IV to the person.
Their notices of hearing also state that the procedures were performed:
- “Without physician’s orders
- Outside the scope of practice of a licensed practical nurse
- Without conducting any or any appropriate assessment of the individual’s health condition
- Without advising the individual of the risks of the IV treatment
- Without the consent or knowledge of the Pasqua Hospital and/or the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region for the use of hospital supplies and medication
- Without admitting the individual as a patient
- Without charting or in any way documenting the procedure
- In an area intended for health professionals only given the presence of confidential personal health information contained in patient records”
Zofran is a drug most commonly used to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Both women will have their licences suspended for four months starting in September, and will pay for the costs of the investigation and hearing, amounting to $2,500 each.
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