Monday, April 17, 2017

--Support Nurses Right To Speak Out!-----------This campaign is trending! $25,745 of $26k goal Raised by 445 people in 12 days Donate Now Share on Facebook Created 5 April 2017 ND Natalie Doucet on behalf of Carolyn Strom Community Regina West, SK















#SpeakOutNurses---This case is a miscarriage of justice and we should remark on this to the association. I see no justification for this witchhunt other than to impress upon nurses never to go public. If you do go public you will face retribution. Don't think that this is a deserved consequence for this nurse's action. Absolutely it is not. What we have here is a decision by the nursing association to ensure that nurses know that going public will result in years of review by an association that is clearly out of touch with the public requirements for the work of nurses.
Nurses work should involve the open dissent when there are poor conditions of public health and safety issues. The folks in the continuing care system are our most vulnerable citizens without access to any power to make known their defenceless state.
When nurses are told as this nurse has been told that going public will result in onerous financial consequences you can be darn sure that the already lacklustre advocacy of nurses will be weakened even further.
In Alberta for example we are told that nurses and other professionals who report neglect and abuse are protected by the PPIC legislation. What rot. If this was true why then was there no reporting of the problems in my sister's case over the time she was at the facility? I'll tell you why. Folks want to keep their jobs and don't want to be seen as troublemakers.
Now add to this situation a nursing association that penalizes its members for their dissent about conditions in continuing care and what you will have is dead silence. Trust me. My own case will also be a gold standard case for families to keep silent. Silence is what matters in these situations and the entire system--is geared to ensuring this silence is present. Why else has there been silence in Alberta over the failures in the continuing care system? Why has the facade of oversight taken decades to be shown for what it is--a myth and a lie?

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Good Samaritan Society Lawsuit Statement of Defence 


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Date
Description
1
May 21, 1996
Hansard Record - Govt of AB
May 21, 1996
February 25, 1996 death - Jennifer Fortier from detached ventilator

2
Aug 15, 1996
Hansard Record - Govt of AB
August 15, 1996
November 24,1995 death - George Clark from detached ventilator

3
May 21, 1996
Hansard Record - Govt of AB
May 21, 1996
Jennifer Fortier's fatality report
Died 1996, Feb 25 - detached ventilator/suffocation
4
Aug 21, 1997
Fatality Inquiry Report
August 21, 1997
February 25, 1996 death - Jennifer Fortier from detached ventilator
5
Dec 13, 2002
News article Edmonton Journal
December 16, 2002
December 13, 2002 death of 72 year man from detached ventilator
6
Aug 30, 2006
Hansard Record - Govt of AB
August 30, 2006
Continuing Care Costs
7
May 7, 2013
Hansard Record
May 7, 2013
Care for Dementia Patients William Buckley
8
April 9, 2013
Fatality Inquiry Report

July 18, 2010 death of William Evan Buckley
9
May 14, 2013
Newsletter
CANADIAN OVER 50s HOUSING WEEKLY NEWS • MAY 14, 2013
10
January 2015
Alberta Health CCHSS Audit
11
Oct 9, 2015
Investigation file Protection for Persons in Care (PPC) File # 8523
Particular pages
12
Oct 2, 2015
Director’s Decision Protection for Persons in Care (PPC) File  # 8523  Allegations #8523.001 and #8523.002
13
2010-2015
Care and Medical Records Good Samaritan Millwoods
14
2010-2016
Medical Records Grey Nuns Hospital
15
2010-2016
Medical Records UAH/ Royal Alexandra Hospital
16
2010-2016
Emergency/ Admission / Discharge Documents and Consultant reports
17
2010-2016
ABG results and summary
18
2014-2015
Letters/Faxes E-mails  from VitalAire
compliance monitoring
19
2010-2015
Downloads Medigas and Vitalaire Compliance Information (Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods)
20
2015-2016
Downloads Medigas and VitalAire Compliance Information (Grey Nuns Hospital and Villa Marguerite)
21
2013
BIPAP AVAPS user manual
22
2016
VitalAire Quick set up of your BIPAP Device
23
2016
VitalAire Successful BIPAP Treatment
24
Jan 22, 2015
Respiratory Information Sheet
BIPAP AVAPS Respironic ownership - ADL

Serial Number C13030482EF74
25
Oct 13, 2015
E-mail to B V
Re BIPAP AVAPS Respironic ownership (ADL)
26
2005-2015
Respiratory Letters - Dr Damant and Government of Alberta
27
2010-2015
Care plans and Resident Care Conferences
Good Samaritan MW  
28
2010-2016
Cognitive and Capacity Testing
For R. Ali
29
May 26, 2010
Personal Directive
30
November 22, 2015
Supported Decision Making Authorization Form
31
2010-2016
End of life orders/ DNR orders/Goals of Care designations
32
2010-2016
Alberta Continuing Care Info System Assessments (ACCIS)
33
2015-2016
Eviction Correspondence
34
2010-2016
E-mails and Letters
35
Feb 19, 2015
Recording of first banning Voice Recording  of Banning

36
Sept 3,  2015
Voice Recording of second banning

37
2010-2014
The Good Samaritan Society  SAP Manual Worksheet MWC004 -MILLWOODS RESPIRATORY
38
2010-2014
The Good Samaritan Society Vendor Receipt Report-Detail
39
2010-2014
The Good Samaritan Society
Supply Area Profile Valuation
40
2010-2014
The Good Samaritan Society Department Expense Detail Report by Category
41
2005-2012
The Good Samaritan Society Process Manual with revisions
42
2009-2014
The Good Samaritan Society Non-consolidated Financial Statements
43
May 22, 2007
Newspaper article
“Changes promised after Mountain View protest”
44
December 21, 2007
Newspaper article
“Concerns at Mountain View Centre raised again”
45
March 19, 2012
Newspaper article
“Confusion over long-term care”
46
April 2, 2012
Newspaper article
“AHS responds to long term care concerns”
47
November 19, 2012
Newspaper article
“The push for a long-term care facility”
48
April 30, 2013
Newspaper article
“Good Sam needs changes: Long Term Care Working Group”
49
May 13, 2013
Newspaper article
“Good Sam fatality report causes worry in Hinton”
50
May 13, 2013
Newspaper article
Doubt surrounds seniors care facility”
51
August 29, 2013
Newspaper article
“Seniors issue a community problem
52
October 8, 2013
Newspaper article
“Care facilities deemed insufficient for Hinton’s needs by working group
53
October 12, 2013
Newspaper article
“Hinton’s seniors need more support, says working group
54
October 21, 2013
Newspaper article
“Hinton’s elders deserve better
55
December 3, 2014
Newspaper article
“Linden View care concerns voiced
56
December 10, 2014
Newspaper article
Bikman brings Linden View issues to seniors minister”
57
December 10, 2014
Newspaper article
“Linden View debate needs discussion”
58
December 18, 2014
Newspaper article
“Changes being made at Linden View”
59
December 23, 2014
Newspaper article
“Flip flop by Linden View management”
60
May 19, 2005
Disciplining a Nursing Home Senior – May 19, 2005
61
March 24, 2015
Presentation to Legislature
62
March 24, 2015
Online News Article  and Soundwave Document
Public Interest Alberta (PIA)
http://www.pialberta.org/woman_evicted_from_care_facility_due_to_family_publicly_raising_concerns
63
June 2015
Continuing Care Resolution Team Feedback Summary
Appendix B -page 15
Alberta Health Services
Continuing Care Resolution Team
Final Report
64
June 24, 2015
Hansard
Presentation to Legislature
65
June 2015
TV broadcast  - Alberta Primetime
2 Part Video
66
September 9, 2015
Newspaper article - Edmonton Sun
67
September 9, 2015
Newspaper article
“People banned from visiting family in hospital demand provincial help.”
68
September 10, 2015
Newspaper article
“Banned hospital visitors fight back.”
69
September 10, 2015
Newspaper article
“Family members speak out after being banned from care facility.”
70
October 2015
Online Survey Report
Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) Survey
Long Term Care Family Experience pages
71
October 2015
Online Survey Report
HQCA LTC Family Experience
2014-15 Survey Report - Provincial Results
72
Newspaper article
“Ratings released for long-term care facilities”
73
Newspaper article
“City care centre ranks last
Good Samaritan has lowest ranking among long-term facilities in Alberta”
74
Newspaper article
“Health watchdog ranks Alberta long-term care centres.”
75
October 28, 2015
Online Newspaper article
76
Newspaper article
“Watchdog hands out report cards for long-term care .”
77
November 5, 2015
Newspaper - Letter to Editor
” Experienced staff crucial to long-term care”
78
November 17, 2015
Online Newspaper article
“Government directs AHS to develop policy on banning visitors at long-term care facilities”
79
November 18, 2015
Online Newspaper article
“Alberta Health Services Ordered To Create Clear Policy For Banning Visitors At Long-Term Care Homes”
80
March 26, 2014
Health Quality Council of Alberta report
“Review of Alberta Health Services’
Continuing Care Wait List: First Available Appropriate Living Option Policy - March 26, 2014”
81
April 30, 2014
Health Quality Council of Alberta report
Review of Quality Assurance in Continuing Care Health Services in Alberta -  April 30, 2014
82
June 4, 2014
Newspaper article
“Health watchdog calls for better oversight of care facilities
83
June 5, 2014
Online Press Release
“HQCA releases two reports that address continuing care in Alberta”
84
June 5, 2014
Online Newspaper article
“Continuing care in Alberta will be better, promises province
Promise follows release of two reports critical of Alberta health policies
85
June 5, 2014
Online Newspaper article -
“Confusion in Alberta continuing care: report”
86
2014-2015
Photographs and video

87

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Natalie would like you to support
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(UPDATE): We wish to thank everyone who contributed. All funds are transferred to Carolyn Strom, in case of any money left over after her legal fees are covered, we will be donating to a seniors' advocacy group.

As nurses, nursing students and nursing faculty in Canada, we are deeply disturbed by the SRNA's treatment of Carolyn Strom and wish to show our solidarity.

On February 25, 2015, nurse Carolyn Strom, after having witnessed what she considers inadequate care for her dying grandfather, posted a critique on Facebook of the long-term care home in which he spent his final days. Even though she was evidently distraught by the passing of her loved one, she nevertheless managed to bring some constructive criticism and advice to the staff that cared for her grandfather. Instead of addressing the concerns cited in the post directly, the staff and management of the long-term care facility filed a complaint with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA), which is the regulatory body of professional nursing in the province. This complaint was received, and after a trial that lasted over two years where nurse Strom was ‘laid into’ as per witnesses, she was found guilty of professional misconduct (1-2). The SRNA wishes to impose a 30,000$ penalty; 5000$ in fines and 25,000$ to cover the cost of their investigations. This harsh penalty, according to the SRNA lawyer, serves to “ drive home” the message that nurses cannot publicly criticize their profession (3). 

This last statement touches the core of the issue. Nurses are healthcare  professionals and as such are rightfully held to high standards. They should always act in the best interest of the people they care for. But those standards should NOT include self-censorship and renouncing their right to speak-up.

Despite widespread outrage at the treatment of Carolyn Strom, including a petition signed by nearly 600 supporters asking the SRNA to reverse its decision (4), the SRNA has refused to even discuss the case with nurses or students (5). 

Nurse Carolyn Strom has spent two years travelling hundreds of miles to attend her disciplinary hearings which were held hours away from her place of residence. The financial and physical toll this ordeal has taken on her is excruciating. Furthermore, her penalty hearing is coming to a close, and it is likely the SRNA will succeed in imposing the 30,000$ penalty. 

Please show your solidarity by donating and/or write to the SRNA and sign the petition to express your opinion on this matter. All the funds we raise will be sent to our colleague Carolyn Strom. The SRNA decision is setting a precedent for nurses across Canada. Nurses must not be muzzled! Let nurses speak!

Signed:

Marilou Gagnon, RN, PhD, Ottawa, Ont.
Damien Contandripoulos, PhD, Montreal, Qc.
Amélie Perron, PhD, Ottawa, Ont.
Natalie Stake-Doucet, RN, Montreal, Qc.
Emilie Hudson, RN, Montreal, Qc.
Caroline Dufour, RN, Ottawa, Ont.
Jaimie Carrier, RN, Dalhousie, NS.
Sophie Pomerleau, RN, PhD(c) Qc.
Anne Lardeux, MSc, Montreal, Qc.
Bernard Roy, RN, PhD, Quebec, Qc.
Links:

1- National Post article: http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/shes-attacking-me-as-a-colleague-registered-nurse-facing-discipline-over-critical-facebook-post
2- Transcript of discipline decision: https://www.srna.org/images/stories/RN_Competence/Comp_Assurance_Hearings/SRNA_Discipline_Decision_Strom_Redacted_Oct_27_2016.pdf

3- Toronto Sun article: http://www.torontosun.com/2017/02/18/complaining-about-granddads-care-on-facebook-could-cost-nurse-30gs

4- Online petition: https://www.change.org/p/saskatchewan-registered-nurses-association-let-nurses-speak

5- Letter to SRNA from nursing students: https://radicalnursesite.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/nursing-students-want-to-talk-about-silence/
 
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