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Decisions and Outcomes
February 13, 2016
On February 13, 2016, the Complaints Committee ordered that Brenda Lucille Henry’s license to practice nursing is suspended pending completion of the following conditions:
Ms. Henry must complete the Health Assessment Course offered by the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RN-PDC); and
Ms. Henry must complete the Charting/Documentation self-study module offered by Grant MacEwan University.
Consent to Conditions
On February 28, 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 Brenda Henry’s consent, she receive a reprimand for failing, with respect to a resident in a long-term care facility, to:
- conduct appropriate and/or adequate assessments and interventions;
- document her assessments and/or observations; and
- adequately follow the facility’s procedures for head injuries.
The Committee also decided pursuant to s. 58(3)(e), and with Ms. Henry’s consent, to impose the following conditions on her licence:
Ms. Henry must complete the Health Assessment Course offered by the Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre (RN-PDC) by December 31, 2013.
Ms. Henry must complete the Charting/Documentation self-study module offered by Grant MacEwan University within four (4) months of her acceptance of this condition.
On September 24, 2011, a resident was discovered face down on the floor beside her bed with a bruise on the left side of her forehead. Ms. Henry failed to conduct appropriate and/or adequate assessments of the resident, and failed to conduct appropriate and/or adequate interventions, such as contacting the physician on call. Ms. Henry also failed to document her assessments and/or observations of the resident during her shift. These deficiencies in Ms. Henry’s care of the resident on this day also constituted a failure to adequately follow the facility’s procedures for head injuries.
It was the Committee’s opinion that Ms. Henry’s behaviour constituted professional misconduct as defined in the Registered Nurses Act. However, as there have not been any previous complaints to the College throughout Ms. Henry’s 40 years of nursing practice, the Committee believed the issuance of a reprimand and the imposition of the conditions to take courses in health assessment and documentation was the appropriate outcome in this case.
On March 8, 2013, Ms. Henry consented to the reprimand and the conditions on her licence.