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MARIA NIDA FIESTA
Registered Nurse - Practising
November 01, 2020
October 31, 2021
Decisions and Outcomes
Condition or restriction, Reprimand
September 19, 2018
On September 19, 2018, the Complaints Committee of the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia (CRNNS) issued a decision regarding a complaint filed against Maria Dela Cruz, RN.
The Complaints Committee ordered, with the consent of Ms. Dela Cruz, that she receive a reprimand for her conduct during an emergency situation involving a patient on July 25, 2017. The Committee determined this to be appropriate action because Ms. Dela Cruz understood that it was an emergency situation, but did not undertake basic nursing practices to assess the patient, did not appropriately monitor the patient and did not engage in appropriate intervention.
The Committee decided, with Ms. Dela Cruz’s consent, to impose the following conditions and restrictions on Ms. Dela Cruz’s licence:
- For the 12 months following the date of her consent to the conditions and restrictions,Ms. Dela Cruz will not work more than 208 hours in any 4-week period and will only work in increments that enable her to ensure that she maintains her fitness to practice.
- Ms. Dela Cruz will arrange for her employer(s) to provide CRNNS with performance reviews for Ms. Dela Cruz every three months for the 12 months following the date of her consent to the conditions and restrictions. The performance reviews will include consideration of Ms. Dela Cruz’s assessments, documentation and collaboration, and will set out the number of hours worked by Ms. Dela Cruz on each of her working days during the three-month review period.
Finally, the Complaints Committee ordered, with the consent of Ms. Dela Cruz, that she receive an additional reprimand for being dishonest during her employer’s investigation of the July 25, 2017 emergency situation. The Complaints Committee concluded that this dishonesty could have denied her employer essential information about what occurred.
The Committee determined that Ms. Dela Cruz breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct. However, the Committee recognized that Ms. Dela Cruz had no previous professional conduct history, this matter appeared to be an isolated occurrence, and there was no evidence of previous or subsequent practice deficiencies. Therefore, the Committee concluded that, in the circumstances of this case, the consent reprimands, and conditions and restrictions noted above are appropriate.
The Complaints Committee’s decision was made under sections 58(3)(d) and (e) of the Registered Nurses Regulations.
On October 19, 2018, Ms. Dela Cruz consented to the reprimands, conditions and restrictions.
Ms. Dela Cruz has since satisfied the conditions and restrictions on her licence, and they are no longer in effect.