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Decisions and Outcomes
February 13, 2016
On February 13, 2016, the Complaints Committee decided to informally resolve this complaint by authorizing Mr. Benjamin’s resignation from the Register and any rosters he is entered in.
July 22, 2013
In a decision dated July 22, 2013, the Complaints Committee imposed the following restriction on Gordon Craig Benjamin’s licence to practise nursing:
Mr. Benjamin is restricted from preparing and/or administering medications until he files proof of successful completion of the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre course Medication Administration for Nurses with the College.
Conditions on Licence
On April 11, 2013, the Complaints Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (the College) ordered that pursuant to s. 58(3)(d) of the Registered Nurses Regulations and with Gordon Benjamin’s consent he receive a reprimand for:
- documentation deficiencies in relation to medication administration, as well as inappropriate administration of a nitroglycerine patch to a resident in a long term care facility;
- cessation of the G-tube feeding of a resident in a long term care facility not in compliance with physician orders.
The committee also decided pursuant to s. 58(3)(e) of the Regulations and with Mr. Benjamin’s consent, to impose the following conditions on Mr. Benjamin’s licence:
Mr. Benjamin must complete at his own expense the Medication Administration for Nurses course at the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre in Halifax within four months of the date of the committee’s decision.
Mr. Benjamin must complete at his own expense the Professional Communication for Nurses course at the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre in Halifax within eight months of the date of the committee’s decision.
It is the committee’s belief that Mr. Benjamin’s behavior was unprofessional and constituted professional misconduct as defined in the Registered Nurses Act. However, as there have not been any previous complaints to the College in Mr. Benjamin’s 35 plus years of nursing practice, and he has taken steps to improve his nursing practice, the committee concluded that the issuance of a reprimand and conditions to take the noted courses was the appropriate disposition.
On May 6, 2013, Mr. Benjamin consented to the reprimand and the conditions on his licence.