EDMONTON, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The College and Association of
Registered Nurses of Alberta welcomes today's decision by the Supreme
Court of Canada to dismiss an appeal by two RNs with addictions who
were disciplined for falsifying medical records to conceal thefts of
"Today's ruling means that the College can continue to focus on what we
are expected to do: protect the public through the pursuit of
excellence in nursing regulation including disciplinary processes. An
appeal would have diverted substantial resources to defending our
position in court once again," said CARNA CEO Mary-Anne Robinson.
The College works to encourage addicted nurses to seek help and
eventually return to work. If addiction leads to serious misdeeds,
however, the College will base its charges on the RN's underlying
misconduct, not on the fact that they were suffering from addictions.
"Ultimately, it's our patients we are most concerned about," she said.
"To not take this line of action, it would be difficult to argue to the
public that we are fulfilling our regulatory mandate."
CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's 33,000
registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research
and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to
protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe
and ethical care by registered nurses.
SOURCE: College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
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