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Whelan, Christopher, RN

Consent agreement

Jul 25, 2023

On July 25, 2023, a panel of the Inquiry Committee approved a Consent Agreement between BCCNM and Christopher Whelan of Rossland, B.C., to address professional misconduct that occurred between June and November 2022 when Mr. Whelan used his position and health authority credentials to access his own health record one time, the health record of an individual known to him 24 times, and a second individual known to him five times. The Registrant did not have a care relationship with either individual. Their medical records were accessed without clinical justification. The health information was not disclosed to a third party; the records were accessed with the knowledge of the associated party.

In addition, on October 6, 2022, the Registrant inappropriately delegated nursing tasks to an unsupervised student RN whom he was responsible for directly supervising, while he left the ICU to attend to a personal matter.

The Registrant has voluntarily agreed to terms equivalent to a condition on practice, including:

  1. ​​A 12-day suspension and public reprimand for their conduct.
  2. Completion of the following remedial course: University of Alberta: Health Information Access & Privacy. 

The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public.

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