Decision of ARNNL Council - Geoffrey Kennedy (17778)

Geoffrey Kennedy

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 17778

Mr. Kennedy is to:

    1. Abstain from all prescription drugs (narcotics and sedatives) unless the drugs are prescribed by a physician who knows about your history of misuse and who can monitor your use closely. A trustworthy person who cannot be manipulated by you should retain possession of the prescription and dispense medication according to recommended dosage. (This condition will be on your licence for as long as you hold a licence to practice nursing.)
    2. Seek treatment if you recognize, or if anyone else suggests, that your alcohol use is increasing past recommended low-risk drinking guidelines. (This condition will be on your licence for as long as you hold a licence to practice nursing.)
    3. During the first six months following your return to employment as a registered nurse, you would be restricted from any activity that involved opiates/narcotics or benzodiazepines, i.e. administration, co-signing, counting narcotics or benzodiazepines, or handling the narcotic keys. (This restriction will remain on your licence for six months following return to employment.)
    4. For months six to twelve, you would continue to be restricted from co-signing and counting narcotics or handling the narcotic keys. However, you could prepare and administer opiates/ narcotics and benzodiazepines and discard unused opiates/narcotics, under the direct supervision of another registered nurse. (This restriction will remain on your licence for months 6-12 following return to employment.)
    5. For a period of two years after your return to nursing, you will participate in a program of body fluid monitoring for the full toxicology including Opiates, Benzodiazepines and Narcotics. During that two one year period, no less than twelve (12) samples and no more than twenty (20) samples will be collected. (This condition will remain on your licence for two years following return to employment.) You will maintain negative readings for the above body fluid testing.
    6. If at any time the CRNNS [ARNNL] has reason to believe you are incapacitated, the CRNNS [ARNNL] can mandate additional testing at the expense of the CRNNS [ARNNL]. (This condition will be on your licence for as long as you hold a licence to practice nursing.)
    7. Provide names of your psychologist and addiction counsellor to the CRNNS [ARNNL]. The ARNNL will send everything provided to the Reinstatement Committee [ARNNL Director of Professional Conduct Review] to the psychologist and the addictions counsellor. You are to see the psychologist and addiction counsellor for such time as is recommended by the psychologist and addiction counsellor. The psychologist and addiction counsellor shall provide an annual report regarding your compliance with their recommendations, any missed appointments and general progress in their program. Non-compliance with their recommendations will be considered a relapse. (This condition will remain on your licence until such time as you are no longer required to see the psychologist and the addictions counsellor.)
    8. For a period of at least two years following initial employment as a registered nurse, you will attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous at least twice weekly. (This condition will remain on your licence for two years following return to employment.)
    9. For the first two years following re-employment as a registered nurse, you will notify the Professional Conduct Consultant [ARNNL Director of Professional Conduct Review] when you have accepted any offers of employments. The Consultant [ARNNL Director of Professional Conduct Review] will then provide a copy of your Reinstatement Committee Decision and all information provided to the Reinstatement Committee [ARNNL Council] to your employer. (This condition will remain on your licence for two years following return to employment.)
    10. You will notify the Professional Conduct Consultant [ARNNL Director of Professional Conduct Review] when you are seeking nursing licensure in another jurisdiction. The Consultant [Director of Professional Conduct Review] will then provide a copy of your Reinstatement Committee Decision [ARNNL Council], and all information provided to the Reinstatement Committee to that Nursing regulatory body. (This condition will be on your licence for as long as you hold a licence to practice nursing.)

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