In the matter of a Complaint against Lori O’Reilly, Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registrant #16771 (the “Registrant”) an Adjudication Tribunal, in a Decision dated July 15, 2016, 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 in that the Registrant failed to demonstrate accountability for her work assignment in that she left the hospital during an assigned shift and did not notify staff that she had left the building and failed to return to complete her shift.
Pursuant to section 28(3) of the Registered Nurses Act, (2008) the Adjudication Tribunal ordered that the Registrant’s license to practice nursing be suspended pending her successful completion of specified nursing education; a reflective paper to include specified content on the importance of ethical responsibilities and standards in nursing practice; and a meeting with a Nursing Consultant – Policy and Practice Consultant, ARNNL to reflect on her conduct and learning. The Adjudication Tribunal further ordered that the Registrant shall pay ARNNL 50% of costs incurred in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.
The conduct deserving of sanction occurred on or about November 15, 2014 while the Registrant practiced as a registered nurse at the Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Clarenville. The Complainant was Eastern Health.