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Licensed Practical Nurses
Decisions and Outcomes
June 17, 2019
The Professional Conduct Committee of the Nova Scotia College of Nursing (NSCN) met on June 17, 2019 to review Lisa MacCallum’s application to have her licence and registration revoked. NSCN consented to the application. The application was made pursuant to section 106 of the Nursing Act. Lisa MacCallum failed to attend the meeting.
In her application for consent revocation, Ms. MacCallum did not contest the following allegations of professional misconduct:
- With respect to Patient A, in relation to an assessment conducted on or about February 14-15, 2018, Ms. MacCallum:
- Failed to adequately and/or appropriately assess the patient;
- Failed to implement a plan of care; and,
- Failed to report the patient’s acute change in condition.
- With respect to Patient B, on or about April 16, 2018, Ms. MacCallum communicated in a non-therapeutic manner.
- With respect to Patient C, in relation to the administration of insulin on or about August 6, 2018, Ms. MacCallum:
- Failed to confirm that the patient fully understood she intended to administer insulin;
- Failed to obtain informed consent;
- Failed to respond appropriately to the concerns expressed by the patient respecting the administration of the insulin; and,
- Falsified the patient’s health records.
- Ms. MacCallum, in her interactions with the College and its Complaints Committee with respect to Patient C, failed to be candid in her explanations of her actions.
Ms. MacCallum worked as a licenced practical nurse at a long-term care facility in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
On May 14, 2018, her employer sent a letter of complaint to the former College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) regarding several concerns as noted below. CLPNNS began to investigate whether Ms. MacCallum:
- failed to adequately assess or implement a plan of care with respect to a resident experiencing an acute change of conditions and whether she failed to report the situation to a registered nurse;
- demonstrated on a number of occasions disrespect towards residents including communicating in a non-therapeutic manner;
- communicated in a disrespectful and unprofessional manner with a visiting clinician;
- demonstrated on a number of occasions disrespectful actions and communication with colleagues; and
- demonstrated on a number of occasions poor practice with respect to medication administration, documentation and wound care.
On August 15, 2018, the employer reported to CLPNNS that Ms. MacCallum was alleged to have administered insulin to a resident without the resident’s consent. On August 24, 2018, Ms. MacCallum signed a voluntary undertaking agreeing to refrain from the practice of nursing pending the resolution of the matter by the CLPNNS Complaints Committee or Professional Conduct Committee.
Following the investigation, all of the issues were referred to a Complaints Committee. At the meeting with the Complaints Committee, Ms. MacCallum denied the allegations against her. The Complaints Committee referred the matter to the Professional Conduct Committee.
In her application to the Professional Conduct Committee requesting to have her licence and registration revoked, Ms. MacCallum did not contest the allegations against her, or that the allegations amounted to professional misconduct. The Professional Committee agreed that the uncontested allegations amount to professional misconduct.
Pursuant to section 106 of the Nursing Act, the Professional Conduct Committee accepted Ms. MacCallum’s application and revoked her registration and licence effective June 17, 2019.
The Committee also ordered that Ms. MacCallum is not entitled to make an application for reinstatement of her licence and registration.
November 23, 2015
REPRIMAND WITH CONSENT
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
CLPNNS Registration #8937
On November 23rd 2015, the Complaints Committee of the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS/College) issued a Reprimand with the consent to Lisa MacCallum, for professional misconduct and/or conduct unbecoming the profession. On December 2nd 2015, Ms. MacCallum consented to the Reprimand.
The Complaints Committee issued a “Reprimand” with consent in accordance with the LPN Regulations (2009) under Section 35(3)(d) for the following reasons:
- Ms. MacCallum failed to accept accountability for her actions in relation to providing inappropriate substances for resident use resulting in her termination.
- Ms. MacCallum failed to adhere to agency policies in relation to use of agency property; bringing personal items to the unit as well as breaching the agency’s Discrimination Free Environment Policy and Bully Free Workplace Policy.
- Ms. MacCallum failed to accept accountability in relation inappropriate medications practices.
Further, the Complaints Committee required that Ms. MacCallum complete remedial education related to the allegations as outlined in the Complaint.
The decision further provides that upon inquiry from any licensing body in any other jurisdiction, the College shall provide a copy of the full decision to the other jurisdiction in response to questions concerning Ms. MacCallum’s licensing status.