In the matter of a Complaint against Amanda Murphy, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registrant #20441 (the “Respondent”), a registered nurse whose license to practice had been suspended by Council on July 13, 2016 pending a hearing of the Complaint.
The Adjudication Tribunal accepted an Agreed Statement of Facts in which the Respondent admitted she had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction under the Registered Nurses Act, 2008 (the “Act”) sections 18(c)(i) professional misconduct; 18(c)(iv) incapacity or unfitness to engage in the practice of nursing; and 18(c)(v) acting in breach of the Code of Ethics. The Adjudication Tribunal determined that the Respondent engaged in conduct deserving of sanction, which conduct included misappropriation of a large quantity of narcotics from the employer’s medication system in three circumstances: narcotics removed with a medication order but not documented as administered or as wastage; narcotics removed with no medication order and not documented as administered or as wastage; and narcotics removed with no medication order but documented as administered.
The Adjudication Tribunal accepted a Joint Submission on Penalty and pursuant to section 28(3) of the Act in a Decision dated February 21, 2017, ordered: the Respondent’s license be suspended for a period of two years from July 13, 2016; prior to the reinstatement of her license, the Respondent shall submit to the Director of Professional Conduct Review medical documentation that she is safe to return to nursing practice; following reinstatement, her license shall be restricted for a period of two years such that she shall not practice in a setting where she will be the sole registered nurse responsible for medication administration; she shall abstain from the use of mood altering medications unless prescribed; she shall authorize her health care providers to communicate directly with the Director of Professional Conduct Review and provide quarterly reports; she shall provide random drug and alcohol screens to the Director of Professional Conduct Review; participate in treatment and counselling; notify her health care providers and employer(s) regarding the Order of the Adjudication Tribunal; immediately withdraw from nursing practice and surrender her license in the event of a relapse of her illness; and pay ARNNL 25% of costs incurred in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.
The conduct deserving of sanction occurred from on or about March 1, 2013 to February 6, 2015 while the Respondent practiced as a registered nurse at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital. The Complainant was Eastern Health.