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Registered Nurse - Practising
November 01, 2019
October 31, 2020
Decisions and Outcomes
Condition or restriction, Reprimand
February 08, 2017
Mount Pleasant, NS
On February 8, 2017, the Complaints Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) ordered that pursuant to s. 58(3)(d) of the Registered Nurses Regulations, and with the consent of Ms. Clattenburg, she receive a reprimand for inappropriately accessing confidential health records.
The Committee also decided, pursuant to s. 58(3)(e) of the Regulations, and with Ms. Clattenburg’s consent, to impose the following conditions on Ms. Clattenburg’s licence, which shall apply should she obtain an active practising licence:
- Ms. Clattenburg shall, at her own expense, within 4 months of obtaining an active practising licence, provide proof that she has successfully completed the following courses (or similar courses approved by the CRNNS):
- National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Continuing Education course on Patient Privacy; and,
- NSCBN Continuing Education course on Ethics & Professionalism in Nursing; and,
- Ms. Clattenburg shall, following completion of the courses identified above, and within 6 months of obtaining an active practising licence, review the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses; the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses; the Professional Boundaries and the Nurse-Client Relationship: Keeping it Safe and Therapeutic (Guidelines for Registered Nurses) document; and, the Personal Health Information Act, S.N.S. 2010, c. 41; and write a reflective essay of approximately 750 words, satisfactory to the CRNNS, discussing what she has learned from this experience and her review of these documents, and further, what she will do to incorporate this learning into her practice on an ongoing basis.
Between August 2014 and August 2015, while employed as a Family Practice Nurse at a collaborative practice clinic, Ms. Clattenburg accessed the confidential medical information of several individuals, without a legitimate clinical reason for doing so. In some of these instances, Ms. Clattenburg knew, or should have known, that she had a conflict of interest with the individual in question. The Committee noted that Ms. Clattenburg demonstrated a limited understanding of her professional responsibilities with regards to maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality.
The Committee determined that Ms. Clattenburg breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct.
On March 2, 2017, Ms. Clattenburg consented to the reprimand and conditions on her licence.