Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Nurse Fined $26,000 for Facebook Complaint about Seniors' Care

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Nurse Fined $26,000 for Facebook Complaint about Seniors' Care

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Nurse fined $26,000 for Facebook complaint

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SASKATOON - A nurse who was found guilty of professional misconduct for criticizing the quality of care her grandparents received has been fined $26,000 by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

Carolyn Strom of Prince Albert, Sask., was brought before a disciplinary committee after posting comments on Facebook.

Strom said her grandfather spent a week in palliative care before he died, and both he and her grandmother had received ``sub-par care'' in a long-term care facility for many years.

She also issued a call for nurses to do better for seniors, but the association charged she was using her status as a registered nurse for personal purposes and had violated the confidentiality of her grandparents.

Most of the fine will go toward reimbursing the nursing association for the cost of the investigation and the resulting hearings. …

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