Termination warranted for error of judgment

The grievor released a patient from her clinic and the patient subsequently committed suicide. The union argued that the grievor was not the only one to make mistakes in this case, but the arbitrator found that she had made several and they merited discipline.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/25/2013

A community health nurse was fired for providing deficient care after she discharged a patient who later committed suicide.

S.M. was an experienced nurse when she took a job in 2000 as a Community Health Nurse (CHN) working in Fort MacPherson, a remote, mostly aboriginal community of 900 people in the Northwest Territories. She received positive performance reviews and there was no discipline on her record when she was fired on Jan. 7, 2008.

The staff complement at the Health Centre was four Registered Nurses (RNs), including the nurse-in-charge. A physician spent two and one-half days at the centre every five weeks.