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Registered Nurse - Practising
November 01, 2021
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Decisions and Outcomes
December 02, 2021
On December 2, 2021, a Complaints Committee of NSCN issued a decision regarding a complaint filed against Alesha (Simpson) Fancy, RN Registration No. 32667. The Complaints Committee ordered, with Alesha (Simpson) Fancy’s consent, that she receive a reprimand pursuant to section 76(1)(e) of the Nursing Act. Section 107 of the Nursing Act requires the CEO to publish a summary of decisions that impose a licensing sanction.
The information before the Committee, including Ms. (Simpson) Fancy’s admissions, indicates that Ms. (Simpson) Fancy probed/tapped on a client’s partial remaining loose tooth with a wooden tongue depressor; placed a reflex mallet in the client’s mouth during her assessment; gave the client two sets of tweezers, thus permitting/encouraging them to remove their own tooth; did not follow applicable policy for dental care, and did not consider sending the client to the emergency department for care. The Committee concluded that the information before them suggested that Ms. (Simpson) Fancy failed to demonstrate the competencies (knowledge, skills and judgement) required of a registered nurse, and that she acted outside her scope of practice, failed to promote patient safety and failed to exercise reasonable judgment.
The admitted conduct falls within the definition of “professional misconduct” set out in the Nursing Act:
‘professional misconduct’ includes such conduct or acts relevant to the practice of the profession that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional, including:
a) failing to maintain the standards of practice
b) failing to adhere to any code of ethics adopted by the College
Accordingly, the Complaints Committee determined that the information gathered in the investigation, if proven before the Professional Conduct Committee, would constitute professional misconduct.
The Committee accepted that Alesha (Simpson) Fancy regretted her conduct; had learned from this incident; made changes to her nursing practice and would not make similar decisions in the future. While the Committee was very concerned about Alesha (Simpson) Fancy’s conduct, the Committee determined that a consent reprimand was sufficient regulatory force to protect the public and is therefore appropriate to resolve this allegation.
A reprimand is a licensing sanction, which can only be ordered by the Complaints Committee with the nurse’s consent. On December 20, 2021, Alesha (Simpson) Fancy consented to the reprimand.