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Decisions and Outcomes
November 25, 2016
On November 25, 2016, 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. Godwin, she receive a reprimand for failing to adequately and appropriately administer medications.
Following an overnight shift in March 2015, packages containing medication for two different patients of a long term care facility were found discarded in the garbage. Ms. Godwin had signed the medication administration records for these patients, suggesting that she had properly administered the medications as scheduled. In her response to the complaint, Ms. Godwin admitted that she failed to check the medication administration records at the appropriate time, and therefore she missed the medications. She acknowledged that she failed to properly note the missed doses in the medication administration records, and that she failed to prepare a medication error report. The Committee noted that while Ms. Godwin was able to describe what she should have done under the circumstances, she failed to actually follow the proper procedure, which was a serious error in judgment, ultimately resulting in both a medication administration error and a documentation error.
The Committee determined that Ms. Godwin breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct.
On January 13, 2017, Ms. Godwin consented to the reprimand.