Termination for nurse who violated standards

The grievor responded to a distraught mother by by-passing hospital procedures. There was no harm caused, or even any danger, but the breach of professional standards was so serious that her firing was upheld.
By Mark Rogers
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/21/2011

A nurse was fired after it came to light that she performed a medical procedure on an infant without proper authorization.

A Registered Nurse (RN), J.D. began working in the pediatric unit at a large regional hospital in 1997. She performed her job competently. There was no discipline on her record.

In May 2010, J.D. became involved in the care of a prematurely born infant who required feeding through a nasogastric (NG) tube. Inserting an NG tube, which requires changing every three or four days, is considered a medical procedure. J.D. had changed the infant’s NG tube a couple of times over the course of his stay at the hospital.