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Carolyn Strom: Fundraising campaign launched to support Saskatchewan Nurse by Idowu Olabode : April 07, 2017, 06:53:51 AM
A group of registered nurses and faculty across Canada have launched a fundraising campaign to help Saskatchewan nurse Carolyn Strom, who faces penalties levied by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association for posting about her grandfather’s care.
Natalie Stake-Doucet, a Montreal-based registered nurse who has worked in a long-term care and is currently working on her PhD, is one of the signatories to the fundraising and petition campaign to help Strom. The petition, launched last year, has garnered more than 600 signatures.

The GoFundMe campaign has a goal of $25,000 to reflect what the SRNA is pushing for and to underline the “outrageousness” of the requested penalty, Stake-Doucet added. She said they — the group of nurses, nursing faculty, nursing student and allies of nurses who started the campaign — want to help Strom pay the fine.

”But the idea first and foremost, is, if she sees this, we want to show her there are people in Canada who support her, and hopefully she doesn’t feel too alone, because there’s been a lot of outrage at how they’ve been treating this case, how they’ve been treating Carolyn especially,” Stake-Doucet said in a telephone interview on Thursday.
“It’s a show of solidarity, really.”

The nine signatories to the GoFundMe campaign have been sending letters to the SRNA, posting blogs, papers and petitions in support of Strom.

“From the time we heard about this case, and we started reading more about it, we started getting more info, we realized how this is a really precedent case for nurses all over Canada. We needed to get involved and support Carolyn and try to get the SRNA to do the right thing,” Stake-Doucet said.

Strom had posted on her personal Facebook page about her grandfather’s end-of-life care at a long-term care facility in Macklin. The post was reported to the SRNA, which sent her a notice of hearing alleging she failed to use the proper channels, that the post affected the facility and staff, that she failed to obtain all the facts first and that she used her status as an RN for personal purposes.

Strom, a nurse in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, was found guilty of professional misconduct last October by the SRNA’s disciplinary counsel. The nursing body’s lawyer requested a $5,000 fine, plus an additional $25,000, which would cover the costs of the investigation and proceedings.

When Stake-Doucet found out about the SRNA’s decision to take action against Strom, “rather than support her and perhaps investigate the care delivered at the facility she criticized,” she later wrote in an email, she said she was angry.

”A professional association’s job is to protect the public and I failed to see how the public was protected in this case.”
Carolyn Hoffman, the executive director of the SRNA said the body is not in a position to comment, since the process is still ongoing.

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