Adjudication Tribunal Decision - Tracey King (15017)

Tracey King

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 15017

On April 10, 2013, an Adjudication Tribunal established under the Registered Nurses Act, 2008, held a hearing into a Complaint by Eastern Health against Tracey King (the “Respondent”), Registered Nurse.

The Adjudication Tribunal accepted an Agreed Statement of Facts in which the Respondent admitted that she had engaged in 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. The Respondent admitted that she engaged in conduct deserving of sanction in that she accessed her own medical information on nine occasions contrary to organizational policy, and breached patient privacy when she accessed medical information of 41 patients who were not in her circle of care.

The Adjudication Tribunal found that the Respondent had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction and accepted a Joint Submission on Penalty put forth by the Respondent and the ARNNL. Pursuant to section 28(3) of the Registered Nurses Act, 2008, the Adjudication Tribunal, ordered:

1. Suspension of the Respondent’s nursing license for a four-month period effective from April 10, 2013.

2. The return of the Respondent’s nursing license shall be subject to the following:

a. The Respondent successfully completing the Professional Responsibility Module through Grant MacEwan University, Centre for Professional Nursing Education;

b. The Respondent completing a paper on privacy and confidentiality the contents of which shall include the Standards of Nursing Practice, the Code of Ethics, the Personal Health Information Act, the importance of agency policy in guiding health professionals and the process to ensure the protection of public health information;

c. The Respondent meeting with the ARNNL Nursing Consultant – Policy and Practice for the purposes of review and reflection on the Standards of Nursing Practice and the Code of Ethics.

3. The Respondent pay 25% of the costs incurred by the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.

The conduct occurred during the period of on or about January 2012 to on or about the end of April 2012 while the Respondent practiced as a registered nurse at the James Paton Memorial Hospital, Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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