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Registered Nurse - Practising
November 01, 2021
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Decisions and Outcomes
June 25, 2021
The NSCN Complaints Committee issued a decision regarding a complaint filed against Matias Gay, RN, Registration No. 39479. The Complaints Committee ordered, with Matias Gay’s consent, that he receive a reprimand pursuant to section 76(1)(e) of the Nursing Act.
In June 2020, Matias Gay travelled outside Nova Scotia for personal reasons. Following his return, he worked as a nurse for four shifts without self-isolating as required due to COVID-19 and without informing his employer of the travel. There was no information to suggest that there were any cases of COVID-19 as a result of this conduct.
Registered nurses are accountable to use good judgment and make ethical decisions that promote the health and best interests of their clients. Matias Gay’s non-compliance with COVID-19 protocols took him well outside the realm of acceptable conduct for a nurse. This conduct demonstrated a lack of professionalism and adherence to the standards and ethics expected of a registered nurse. It erodes the integrity of the nursing profession and the confidence of the public.
There were considerable mitigating factors in this matter. Matias Gay, with the benefit of hindsight, also demonstrated significant insight, accountability, remorse, and understanding of the magnitude of his conduct. It is apparent that he now has a deeper appreciation for the responsibilities associated with being a member of this trusted profession.
The Complaints Committee determined that the information gathered in the investigation, if proven before the Professional Conduct Committee, would constitute professional misconduct.
The Complaints Committee determined that a reprimand was appropriate in this matter. A reprimand is a licensing sanction, which can only be ordered by the Complaints Committee with Matias Gay’s consent. On July 16, 2021, Matias Gay consented to the reprimand.