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March 12, 2018
On March 2, 2018, 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 Mr. MacCormack, he receive reprimands for:
- inappropriately accessing the health records of himself, his family, and/or a colleague; and/or failing to protect the security of his health record account credentials, which potentially allowed another individual to gain access to his account; and
- assaulting another person in September 2014.
It was alleged that Mr. MacCormack accessed the electronic personal health information of himself, his family member, and/or a colleague on a number of occasions between May 2014 and September 2015. Mr. MacCormack acknowledged that the accesses were made from his account; however, he denied accessing the information himself, except with respect to his own records on one occasion. The Complaints Committee concluded that because the accesses were made from Mr. MacCormack’s account, he either accessed the information himself, or he failed to protect the security of his account’s credentials, which allowed another individual to gain access to his account. In either case, he breached patient confidentiality by failing to ensure the privacy or security of confidential personal health information. With respect to these incidents, the Committee determined that Mr. MacCormack breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct.
The Committee also noted that court records confirmed that Mr. MacCormack pleaded guilty to assaulting another person in September 2014. The Committee concluded that such conduct was inconsistent with the standard of integrity and professionalism expected of a registered nurse, and in the eyes of the public, it reflected adversely on the nursing profession as a whole. With respect to this incident, the Committee determined that Mr. MacCormack breached the Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses and the Code of Ethics, and that these breaches constituted conduct unbecoming a member of the nursing profession.
On March 12, 2018, Mr. MacCormack consented to the reprimands.