Inquiry and Discipline Outcomes*
Effective November 01, 2008 amendments to the Health Professions Act require the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia to publicly post the following information regarding inquiry or discipline outcomes in certain circumstances outlined in section 39.3 of the Health Professions Act:
- the name of the registrant respecting whom the action was taken;
- a description of the action taken; and
- the reasons for the action taken.
* Terms, Conditions and Limits on practice are not reported here but are published in the online register beside the name of the affected registrant.
July 10, 2018
Kathryn Bell #06770
On July 10, 2018, pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act, the Inquiry Committee issued an order imposing limits and conditions on the practice of the registrant, during the investigation of a complaint, as follows:
- the registrant will not work any night shifts,
- the registrant will only work in the capacity of a home care worker if there is available to her a Registered Nurse or a Registered Psychiatric Nurse with whom she can consult,
- the registrant will only work on a part-time basis, being defined as .75FTE or less,
- the registrant will obtain the agreement of the College before accepting any employment other than as a home care worker, and
- the registrant will provide the College with a copy of her completed orientation checklist from her new employment as a home care worker and will review that checklist with one of the College’s Practice Consultants.
November 14, 2017
Kimberly Hurlston #08401
On June 6, 2017, the CRPNBC Discipline Committee convened a panel to inquire into the conduct of this former registrant. Ms. Hurlston failed to show at the hearing, and the panel issued a preliminary decision to proceed with the hearing in her absence. The preliminary decision can be viewed here.
The Discipline panel found that Ms. Hurlston, while working as an RPN, engaged in an inappropriate and/or intimate relationship with a client, including allowing the client to move in with her after he left the rehabilitation center where they met. The panel upheld four of five counts in the citation and found that Ms. Hurlston breached professional boundaries and failed to be forthcoming in her interactions with the College during the investigation into her conduct. The full decision on the Facts and Determination, issued on July 28, 2017, can be found here.
On October 3, 2017, a hearing to determine the appropriate penalty was held. On November 1, 2017, the panel issued its decision on Disciplinary Action, which can be reviewed here. The panel ordered that Ms. Hurlston:
- may not apply for reinstatement with the College until after February 28, 2019, which is 5 years since her registration lapsed;
- be subject to all usual requirements and conditions for reinstatement of her registration;
- pay a fine of $7,000;
- pay costs and disbursements assessed at $35,000; and
- be formally reprimanded.
February 7, 2017
The registrant has undertaken not to utter a false document and has consented to: a letter of reprimand, to have the registrant’s registration with the college cancelled immediately, and to not reapply for registration with the College before March 1, 2021. The reasons for the undertaking, reprimand, cancellation of registration and the bar to reapplying for registration arise out of an incident of alleged uttering of a false document, specifically the faxing by the registrant to a mortgage broker of a purported verification of employment letter containing false and untrue statements concerning the registrant’s regular employment status and hours of work.
March 9, 2015
Raymond Nance, #05453
The registrant has undertaken, on an interim basis and pending disposition of a complaint, not to mentor, teach or supervise nursing students until such time as approved to do so by the CRPNBC.
September 9, 2014
Ronald Smith #05758
A complaint regarding this former registrant has been resolved pursuant to an agreement between the College and the former registrant which provides that this former registrant shall not seek further registration as a registered psychiatric nurse and shall not use the RPN designation or provide the services of the profession of psychiatric nursing in the province of British Columbia. In addition, this former registrant has agreed that if the College becomes aware that he has sought or obtained registration as an RPN, regulated nurse or equivalent in any other jurisdiction where psychiatric nursing or nursing is regulated, the College may provide the subject jurisdiction with a full copy of the agreement in this matter.
May 14, 2014
Muhammad Nadeem Mamdeen #08241
On January 20, 2014, the CRPNBC Discipline Committee convened a panel to inquire into the conduct of this former registrant. The Discipline Committee issued a preliminary decision which can be viewed by clicking on this link.
On May 14, 2014, a Consent Order was granted by the Inquiry Committee. Pursuant to section 37.1(6.1) of the Health Professions Act, this Consent Order is considered to be an order of the Discipline Committee made under section 39. Pursuant to the Consent Order, this former registrant is permanently barred from obtaining registration as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse in British Columbia and is prohibited from using the RPN designation and from providing the services of the profession of psychiatric nursing specified in the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation or any successor legislation or regulation. The full Consent Order can be viewed by clicking on this link.
January 11, 2012
The Inquiry Committee relieved the registrant of this condition on March 6, 2018, based on a new assessment from the Ministry of Public Safety that the registrant no longer posed a risk to children.
The Inquiry Committee confirmed a restriction on the registrant’s practice not to work with minors (under the age of 19) unless a responsible adult is present. This condition is based on incidents of physical violence that occurred in the mid 1990s. The Inquiry Committee recognized that there have been no other incidents since then but the Committee placed the condition to fully protect the public against any possible risk.
January 9, 2012
The registrant agreed to a condition on his practice not to work with minors or in situations where he may be alone with minors. There were allegations relating to child pornography that, if proven, would indicate children may be at risk.
October 16, 2009
The Inquiry Committee imposed an interim suspension after the registrant failed to respond to a complaint. The registrant then responded to the complaint and his registration was reinstated on October 30, 2009. The registrant entered into a consent agreement with the CRPNBC on December 31, 2009.
August 10, 2009
The Inquiry Committee imposed an interim suspension after the registrant failed to respond to all attempts to contact her (by telephone, email and express post) following a complaint that she had engaged in unsafe medication administration practices. The suspension remains in place as the registrant has not yet addressed the complaint.
August 10, 2009
The Inquiry Committee imposed an interim suspension following a complaint that a patient had died after the registrant had not responded appropriately when the patient was in medical distress after sustaining a fall in a locked room. The Inquiry Committee ordered an assessment of the registrant’s psychiatric nursing skills. Following this assessment, the Registrant entered into a consent agreement with the CRPNBC to undertake a program of learning, to provide performance appraisals, and to not be in charge of a ward until the restriction has been set aside by the Inquiry Committee. The suspension was then lifted.
May 4, 2009
Following an investigation into a complaint about the competence of the registrant, the Inquiry Committee imposed an interim suspension. On July 7, 2009, the registrant entered into a consent agreement with the CRPNBC, including limiting her hours of work to one full-time or full-time equivalent position until completion of a psychiatric nursing skills assessment, and the suspension was lifted.