Termination warranted for policy violation

Two residents of the home, both with dementia, were arguing. The grievor used force to separate them when it appeared to her they were in danger. The arbitrator ruled that her judgement was wrong and she should have dealt differently with the conflict.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/08/2012

A nurse at a long-term care facility was fired after it was determined that her efforts to move a patient with dementia violated policies and procedures governing patient care.

D.M. was a Registered Nurse employed at a long-term care facility. She had worked at the 126-bed facility for several years when she was fired on Oct. 18, 2011. There was no discipline on her record except for a written warning issued in 2011 for inappropriate dealings with an outside service provider.

D.M. was the charge nurse overnight on the shift that began on the evening of Oct. 3, 2011.