Registration and Licensure Details

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Registration Number:
28548
Given Name(s):
WILLIAM JAMES
Last Name(s):
SKINNER
Register:
Registered Nurses
Category of Licence:
Registered Nurse - Conditional
Active Date:
November 01, 2021
Expiry Date:
October 31, 2022
Essential Information:
a) Prior to any return to nursing practice, at his own expense, Mr. Skinner will review and complete as appropriate, the education listed below. Upon completion of all of the coursework below, he will meet with an NSCN consultant to explain what information he will take from this education to inform his relationships with his nursing colleagues and other health care coworkers in the future. This condition will be met and removed from his license when the NSCN Consultant confirms to NSCN Professional Conduct Staff that Mr. Skinner has demonstrated an understanding of the materials and information therein, and can clearly enunciate how he will apply this information to maintain his Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics with respect to his future relationships with coworkers:
• NSCN Webinar on Sexual Misconduct
• NSCN Professional Presence Guideline and Online Education Module/Webinar
• CNA Online Courses
o Introduction to Code of Ethics
o Value A: Providing Safe, Compassionate, Competent and Ethical Care
o Value G: Being Accountable
• Workplace Harassment Inservice webinar (pedagogyeducation.com)
NOTE- Mr. Skinner successfully completed the requirements of this condition/restriction, and it is now removed from his license, effective February 7, 2022.

b) For a period of 6 months following his return to a nursing position Mr. Skinner will not work in a charge nurse or supervisory role; and

c) For as long as he holds a license to practise nursing, Mr. Skinner will not act as a preceptor/supervisor for nursing students.

Decisions and Outcomes

Decision Outcomes:
Condition or restriction, Reprimand
Date:
November 13, 2021

On November 1, 2021, a Complaints Committee of NSCN met to consider a complaint against William Skinner, RN, Registration No. 28548. The complaint related to conduct alleged to have occurred in 2020, toward three colleagues, including a nursing student for whom William Skinner had acted as preceptor for a period in 2020. The Committee issued a written decision dated November 13, 2021.

The information available to the Committee, including admissions from William Skinner, indicate that William Skinner sent two coworkers inappropriate texts, which included sexual comments and nude photographs of his genitalia. The information before the Committee indicates that with both of these coworkers the comments and photos were unsolicited and unwelcomed by the recipients. The Committee concluded it was reasonable to believe that if proven before a Professional Conduct Committee, Mr. Skinner could be found to have breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses, the Sexual Misconduct Standard of Practice for Nurses and the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses in a manner which constitutes professional misconduct. 

In regard to Mr. Skinner’s conduct toward a third coworker with whom he had previously had a personal relationship, Mr. Skinner made admissions that he engaged in harassing and unprofessional behaviours towards that coworker. The Committee concluded it was reasonable to believe that if proven before a Professional Conduct Committee, Mr. Skinner could be found to have breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics in a manner which constitutes professional misconduct, in relation to harassing/humiliating conduct toward that coworker.

In accordance with section 76(1)(e) and (f) of the Nursing Act, the Committee directed, and on November 23, 2021, Mr. Skinner consented, to the following outcome:

  1. A Reprimand
  2. The following conditions/restrictions on Mr. Skinner’s license to practice nursing:
    1. Prior to any return to nursing practice, at his own expense, Mr. Skinner will review and complete as appropriate, the education listed below. Upon completion of all of the coursework below, he will meet with an NSCN consultant to explain what information he will take from this education to inform his relationships with his nursing colleagues and other health care coworkers in the future. This condition will be met and removed from his license when the NSCN Consultant confirms to NSCN Professional Conduct Staff that Mr. Skinner has demonstrated an understanding of the materials and information therein, and can clearly enunciate how he will apply this information to maintain his Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics with respect to his future relationships with coworkers:
      - NSCN Webinar on Sexual Misconduct
      - NSCN Professional Presence Guideline and Online Education Module/Webinar
      - CNA Online Courses 
        - Introduction to Code of Ethics
        - Value A: Providing Safe, Compassionate, Competent and Ethical Care
        - Value G: Being Accountable
      - Workplace Harassment Inservice webinar (pedagogyeducation.com)
    2. For a period of 6 months following his return to a nursing position Mr. Skinner will not work in a charge nurse or supervisory role; and
    3. For as long as he holds a license to practise nursing, Mr. Skinner will not act as a preceptor/supervisor for nursing students.