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Canadian Nurse reprimanded for scolding patient’s Family at ER by katty : July 27, 2018, 07:10:24 AM
She was reported to the Nova Scotia Nursing Council for speaking unprofessionally to patient's relative

A Mulgrave nurse has been reprimanded for scolding a patient’s family at an emergency room.

The disciplinary decision released on the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia’s website said Donna Lynne Palmer Meagher “spoke unprofessionally to a patient’s family when the patient arrived at the emergency department by ambulance.

“She made inappropriate comments suggesting that he should not have been brought to the hospital and expressed displeasure at his arrival.”

This was the second complaint against Palmer Meagher in two years regarding inappropriate communication with a patient’s family, the decision said.

The college’s complaints committee determined that Palmer Meagher breached the standards of practice for registered nurses and the code of ethics, and that these breaches constituted professional misconduct.

The committee released its decision June 22 and Palmer Meagher consented to the reprimand and the conditions on her licence July 8.

Palmer Meagher shall, at her own expense, get help to improve her communication skills, attend a respectful workplace workshop and get counselling for a treatment provider approved by the college “to address her communications challenges,” the decision said.

Within the next six months, she must submit “a reflective essay of no less than 1,000 words ... in which she will report and self reflect upon her learnings from the counselling obtained and resources accessed.”

The decision did not specify where the incident occurred. The hospitals near Mulgrave include Strait Richmond, Guysborough Memorial and St. Martha’s Regional.

A college spokeswoman said any information beyond that in the decision could not be released.

A spokeswoman for the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union declined comment.

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