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Licensed Practical Nurses
Kimberly Shore permanently resigned from the NSCN register effective March 29, 2021.
Decisions and Outcomes
March 29, 2021
In April 2020, NSCN received several reports from registrants and the public about Facebook posts and comments made by Kimberly Shore.
The Facebook posts expressed, in language that was at times graphic, vulgar or profane, Ms. Shore’s concerns respecting her employer’s decision to temporarily move her to a long term care facility to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These Facebook posts and comments were publicly available and Ms. Shore identified herself as a nurse.
In subsequent communications with NSCN, Ms. Shore acknowledged making these posts and expressed remorse. Ms. Shore described her fear and concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and shared personal factors that she believes contributed to her conduct. Ms. Shore requested permission from NSCN’s Complaints Committee to resign her registration with the College.
The Complaints Committee considered Ms. Shore’s request in light of NSCN’s objects, which are to serve and protect the public interest in the practice of the profession; to preserve the integrity of the profession; and to maintain the public’s and nurses’ confidence in the ability of the College to regulate the profession.
The Complaints Committee acknowledged the difficult circumstances faced by Ms. Shore and others involved in the provision of nursing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Shore has a right to have questions and concerns regarding her health and safety, and has a right to express them. However, when a person is a regulated professional, other interests are also at play, including the need to uphold the public interest objectives of the College and to ensure the preservation of the integrity of the nursing profession.
Ms. Shore’s Facebook posts and comments were not constructive and there were other avenues to address her concerns. Her comments denigrated the long term care facility, and demeaned the importance of basic nursing care to the health and well-being of residents. These types of comments erode the public’s confidence in Ms. Shore’s ability to provide safe, competent, ethical and compassionate care. These comments can also harm the reputation of the nursing profession and other health care workers, which is unfortunate when so many nursing professionals are working hard and providing compassionate care in difficult circumstances.
Ms. Shore demonstrated a lack of adherence to the standards and ethics expected of a licensed practical nurse. The forum, manner and tone in which she voiced her concerns, and the content of her publications, took her outside the realm of acceptable conduct for a nurse.
Following careful consideration, the Complaints Committee was satisfied that the public interest is appropriately served and protected by Ms. Shore’s resignation from NSCN on terms set out in a Voluntary Resignation Agreement. Accordingly, on March 29, 2021 the Complaints Committee approved Ms. Shore’s permanent and irrevocable resignation of her registration with NSCN.