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Nurse Who Criticized Granddad’s Care Could Be Fined $30k

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Carolyn Strom

Credit: Don Healy, Regina Leader-Post

by Ashley Martin, Regina Leader-Post

Registered nurse Carolyn Strom said if she had known the outcome two years ago, she would not have taken to social media to criticize her grandfather’s long-term care.

As her drawn-out disciplinary hearing continued recently in Regina, Strom’s lawyer Marcus Davies and the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) counsel Roger Lepage put forth their submissions on penalty — Lepage suggesting $30,000 total.

Strom took to Facebook on February 25, 2015, to comment on the care of her recently deceased grandfather at a long-term care facility in Macklin. She suggested a lack of compassion and education among staff.

Her disciplinary hearing began February 10, 2016. In October, the SRNA discipline committee found Strom guilty of professional misconduct, as her Facebook post was found to “harm the standing of the profession of nursing,” under the Registered Nurses Act.

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