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March 03, 2020
On March 3, 2020, the Complaints Committee of the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) issued a decision regarding a complaint filed against Pamela Williams, LPN. The Committee ordered that Ms. Williams receive two reprimands for two separate incidents. The Committee ordered the reprimands pursuant to section 76 of the Nursing Act and with Ms. Williams’ consent.
In 2017 and 2018 Ms. Williams was employed at a long term care facility.
The Complaints Committee found that on one occasion in 2017 Ms. Williams’ intervention with a resident in crisis was unprofessional and demonstrated a lack of good judgment and compassion for the resident, including that she opened an outside facility door and exposed a resident to stormy weather conditions. The Committee also felt that Ms. Williams failed to consider the possible negative outcomes of her intervention with this client.
On one occasion in 2018 Ms. Williams made inappropriate and unprofessional comments to other staff about a resident around the issue of medical assistance in dying. The Complaints Committee felt that Ms. Williams’ conduct in this instance appeared to demonstrate a failure to uphold her practice standards in regard to separation of personal beliefs/values and client care, and her obligation to uphold client dignity.
The Complaints Committee concluded that in both instances, a reprimand was the appropriate outcome in this matter.
On April 4, 2020, Ms. Williams consented to the two reprimands.