Adjudication Tribunal Decision - Heidi MacNeil (18045)

Heidi MacNeil

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 18045

In the matter of a Complaint against Heidi MacNeil, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registration # 18045 (the “Registrant”), an Adjudication Tribunal, in a Decision dated May 29, 2015, found the Registrant guilty of conduct deserving of sanction under the Registered Nurses Act (2008), sections 18(c)(i) professional misconduct; and 18(c)(v) acting in breach of the Code of Ethics.

At the hearing the Registrant entered a guilty plea to four issues in the Complaint, admitting that she had accidentally but carelessly discussed patient confidential health care information, unintentionally breached a patient’s confidentiality and gave inconsistent information to her Employer and ARNNL regarding matters related to the Complaint.

Pursuant to section 28(3) of the Registered Nurses Act (2008) the Adjudication Tribunal ordered:  

1. The Registrant’s license to practice nursing to be suspended immediately and the license to be returned to her pending her successful completion of the following:

a. Learning Modules:

  1. Canadian Nurses Association Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses;
  2. Direct Contact with Personal Health Information: PHIA 2011;
  3. Jurisprudence Module: The Legislation and Rules Governing the Practice of Nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador;

b. Review of the ARNNL Interpretative Document: The Therapeutic Nurse-Client Relationship: Expectations for Registered Nurses; and

c. A meeting with a Nursing Consultant – Policy and Practice, ARNNL to reflect on privacy, confidentiality and accountability.

2. The Registrant shall pay the ARNNL $1,250 towards its costs incurred.

The conduct deserving of sanction occurred on or about August 11, 2012 in Brigus, NL, and September 26, June 10, 2013 and December 3, 2013 while the Registrant practiced as a registered nurse at Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Complainant was Eastern Health.

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