On January 8, 2021, a panel of the Inquiry Committee approved a Consent Agreement under which the Registrant agreed to undertakings involving regular monitoring for fitness to practice nursing and limits and/or conditions on practice. The agreement was sought following a report to BCCNM on April 2020, that the Registrant had been hospitalized following a relapse on an illicit substance and failed to report the matter to BCCNM or cease nursing practice for a small number of shifts until the issue became known to her medical monitoring team.
The Registrant admitted to the conduct and to a substance use disorder. Medical recommendations outlined conditions enabling a safe return to the workplace.
Undertakings include but are not limited to: a limit on the handling of narcotics, benzodiazepines and controlled substances that is increasingly reduced in scope as the Registrant's period of successful abstinence lengthens; regular reports from treating physicians regarding compliance with treatment recommendations, and disclosure of treatment recommendations to relevant employer representative(s). The Agreement will remain in place for a minimum of five years of continuous nursing practice. The Registrant has also agreed to a reprimand for failing to cease practising and report to the former college BCCNP. The name of the Registrant has been withheld in accordance with section 39.3 (4) (a) of the Health Professions Act for the purposes of not identifying the personal health information of the Registrant respecting the condition.
The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the undertakings will protect the public.