On June 23, 2022, a panel of the Inquiry Committee approved a Consent Agreement between BCCNM and Ranjini Maharaj, LPN, of Surrey, B.C. to address practice issues that occurred on or around June to July 2021 relating to deferring resident care to the oncoming shift when she was not otherwise busy, not responding to client needs in a timely manner to provide needed medications on the request of a resident and by a Health Care Aid, and neglecting to provide hygienic care for a resident.
The Registrant has voluntarily agreed to terms equivalent to a limit and/or condition on their practice, including:
A suspension of their nursing registration for 4 weeks resulting from her conduct of patient neglect when not responding in a timely manner, lack of assessment and documentation related to a patient who had requested medication for shortness of breath, ignoring a colleague's repeated requests for her to attend to the patient who was experiencing shortness of breath, and leaving personal care of another patient to the oncoming shift without a justifiable reason; a reprimand for not providing the appropriate coordination and direction to HCAs related to timely patient care.
Supervision of their nursing practice for a total of 6 months;
A limit prohibiting them from assuming the charge role, supervision of staff or students, and working night shifts for 12 months;
Remedial education related to ethics, patient assessment, care of the patient with dementia, medication administration and documentation;
Development of a learning plan which will be shared with their employer and with BCCNM; and
A Regulatory Practice Consulting Program to address the foundational issues underpinning the Agreement.
The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public.