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B.C. nurse gets one-year ER ban for failing to check on deteriorating patient

The nurse has agreed to to the ban and remedial education.
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The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives regulates four practices: nursing, practical nursing, psychiatric nursing and midwifery.

A nurse who failed to check a deteriorating patient for 10 hours has been banned from working in an emergency department for one year.

The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives also found Surrey’s Jaspreet Brar administered a narcotic analgesic to a patient without first assessing the patient or checking their vital signs.

Brar has voluntarily agreed to terms equivalent to a limit on their practice, including the ER prohibition; suspension of their nursing registration for one week; remedial education in documentation, medication administration, critical thinking and professional standards and review of the college’s practice and professional standards; and developing a learning plan which will be shared with their employer and with the college. 

“The inquiry committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public,” the college said.

The college is one of 18 regulatory bodies empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate health professions in B.C. It regulates the practice of four distinct professions: nursing, practical nursing, psychiatric nursing and midwifery. 

Similar legislation in other self-regulated areas such as the legal and notary public professions also allow citizens to know about discipline issues in the public interest.

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