Nurse should have been suspended, not fired, for abusing patient

Hospital fails to follow discipline provisions outlined in collective agreement
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/04/2013

TERMINATION WAS EXCESSIVE in the case involving a licensed practical nurse (LPN) who was fired for the way he treated a severely incapacitated patient, a Saskatchewan arbitration board has ruled.

Robert McKnight was an LPN employed in medicine rehabilitation at the Victoria Union Hospital in Prince Albert.

The employer alleged McKnight verbally threatened the patient, a 61-year-old man known as WJ, and used excessive force to subdue the patient. WJ was moved to the hospital’s rehabilitation unit after becoming a paraplegic and suffering a stroke as a result of an auto accident.