On September 17, 2022, a panel of the Inquiry Committee approved a Consent Agreement between BCCNM and Ashley Grittner to address professional misconduct which occurred in Chilliwack between April 2021 and February 2022, arising from her violation of professional boundaries. Ms. Grittner encountered the client in the context of her role as a case manager for the Chilliwack area Intensive Case Management (“ICM") program. Ms. Grittner engaged in an intimate relationship with the vulnerable former client, approximately two months after the termination of the clinical nurse-client relationship.
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 12 months;
A limit prohibiting them from being the sole RPN on duty, prohibiting them from supervising nursing students, and prohibiting them from practicing in an autonomous community-based practice environment for 12 months following the suspension period;
Remedial education in Boundaries and Professional Ethics;
Direct supervision of their nursing practice for three months on returning to practice;
Developing 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 this Agreement.
The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public.