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Prince George nurse suspended 2 months after breaching 'interim undertaking' with college

A medical stethoscope is seen in this undated image. (Shutterstock) A medical stethoscope is seen in this undated image. (Shutterstock)

A Prince George nurse has been suspended for two months for a litany of "practice issues" identified by his professional college.

Last week, a panel of the inquiry committee of the B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives approved a consent agreement between the college and Robert Harris.

The agreement addresses issues that occurred between July and November of last year and involved the registered nurse's "knowledge-based practice, inadequate documentation, unsafe medication and blood product administration, communication of patient detail, and professional accountability," according to a summary of the agreement posted on the BCCNM website

While the summary does not elaborate on the specifics of those issues, it does include a few additional details related to the penalties Harris agreed to have imposed on his practice.

Harris agreed to have his nursing registration suspended for two months "as a result of not adhering to standards related to documentation and safe medication administration, and for breaching a term of his interim undertaking with BCCNM on two separate occasions when he administered an IV medication and a blood product when not allowed to do so without supervision," the summary reads.

In addition to the two-month suspension, Harris agreed to a 24-month prohibition on practising in high-acuity, stepdown or critical care environments; a 12-month prohibition on being the sole RN on duty, being in charge and providing regulatory oversight to new nurses; and a six-month prohibition on assuming in-charge duties.

According to the summary, he must also:

  • Complete remedial education in "medication administration, documentation, ethics, intrapersonal/professional communication, and critical thinking;"
  • Complete "a robust orientation including lab-based demonstration of clinical competencies prior to providing patient care;"
  • Submit to "direct supervision of his nursing practice for a minimum of 144 practice hours;"
  • And develop "a learning plan, which will be shared with his employer and the BCCNM." Top Stories

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