Decision of ARNNL Council - Colleen Weeks (Stamp) (17575)

Colleen Weeks (Stamp)

Newfoundland and Labrador Registration No. 17575

In the matter of a Complaint against Colleen Weeks (Stamp), Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador, Registration # 17575 (the “Registrant”), an Adjudication Tribunal, accepted an Agreed Statement of Facts and found the Registrant guilty of 142 allegations of conduct deserving of sanction under the Registered Nurses Act (2008) summarized as follows: (i) inappropriately accessed medical information for patients for whom she had no job related reason to access; (ii) breached patient privacy and confidentiality in that she referenced health information for patients in a public interview; (iii) was dishonest in a public interview in that she gave incorrect information regarding events that took place with respect to the alleged breaches of privacy and in regards to the status of her nursing license; (iv) demonstrated lack of knowledge and understanding with respect to her scope of practice in a public interview.

The Adjudication Tribunal accepted a Joint Submission on Penalty and, recognizing that the Registrant had not practiced in the nursing field since July 2012, ordered:
1. The Registrant’s license to practice nursing shall be suspended pending her successful completion of the following:

a. Courses/modules:

  • i. Health Ethics Course at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • ii. Ethics for Registered Nurses online learning modules through Canadian Nurses Association/CoursePark;
  • iii. Direct Contact with Personal Health Information: PHIA 2011;
  • iv. Jurisprudence Module: The Legislation and Rules Governing the Practice of Nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador through Practice NL; and

b. Following successful completion of the courses/modules in 1(a)(i)-(iv), meet with a Nursing Consultant – Policy and Practice Consultant, ARNNL to reflect on privacy, confidentiality and accountability.

2. The Registrant shall pay ARNNL 25% of costs incurred in the investigation and hearing of the Complaint.

The conduct deserving of sanction occurred on or about July 16, 2010 to 9 July 2012 while the Registrant practiced as a registered nurse at the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador and on or about July 25, 2012 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Complainant was Eastern Health and the Director of Professional Conduct Review.

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