Saturday, April 15, 2017

Support Nurses Right To Speak Out!------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). --------Julie Ali 0 mins ago The problem of retribution is well known in Alberta since the time Ruth Adria (a nurse) spoke out about care issues and was sued. Ruth Adria did not stop speaking and created the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society to speak for seniors and other vulnerable people in our society. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society for speaking about the care of my sister at the Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods in Edmonton. The health authorities--AHS and Covenant Health are partners with the continuing care industry as are the folks at Alberta Health. But who is partners with the families? This is a good question. I have spoken to three health minister--Mr.Horne, Mr. Mandel and Ms. Hoffman about the care issues, the retribution problems such as eviction, banning and lawsuits that are used against families and nothing has been done. Why has nothing been done? I guess no one wants the dirty laundry out in public. But without public discourse these problems repeat and result in fatality. A change in funding and a better system of oversight is required. Why are families reporting abuse, neglect and non-compliance to the government of Alberta? Why is there no reasonable oversight by government and the health authorities? Why are there no penalties and no required actions such as education of staff until repeated adverse events occur? Why no action with a first adverse event so a second one occurs that is identical? Why are we the ones being punished for doing the right thing while those in government who fail their work aren't held accountable?

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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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Update 2
Posted by Natalie Doucet
3 days ago
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Halfway there! We are completely awestruck at the response this campaign has received. Thank you to all the nurses, nursing students, nursing faculty and friends of the nursing profession that have donated and shared their stories with us. We're not only showing solidarity, we're also underlining the importance of listening to nurses and health care professionals when they have critiques to share on our health system. We hope this encourages more health care professionals to speak up. Your voices are valued! Thank you thank you thank you.

Julie Ali
0 mins ago

The problem of retribution is well known in Alberta since the time Ruth Adria (a nurse) spoke out about care issues and was sued. Ruth Adria did not stop speaking and created the Elder Advocates of Alberta Society to speak for seniors and other vulnerable people in our society. I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society for speaking about the care of my sister at the Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods in Edmonton. The health authorities--AHS and Covenant Health are partners with the continuing care industry as are the folks at Alberta Health. But who is partners with the families? This is a good question. I have spoken to three health minister--Mr.Horne, Mr. Mandel and Ms. Hoffman about the care issues, the retribution problems such as eviction, banning and lawsuits that are used against families and nothing has been done. Why has nothing been done? I guess no one wants the dirty laundry out in public. But without public discourse these problems repeat and result in fatality. A change in funding and a better system of oversight is required. Why are families reporting abuse, neglect and non-compliance to the government of Alberta? Why is there no reasonable oversight by government and the health authorities? Why are there no penalties and no required actions such as education of staff until repeated adverse events occur? Why no action with a first adverse event so a second one occurs that is identical? Why are we the ones being punished for doing the right thing while those in government who fail their work aren't held accountable?



#SpeakOutNurses---Like my lawsuit where I am being sued by the Good Samaritan Society for speaking publicly about the care problems at the Good Samaritan Extended Care at Millwoods this nurse is being SLAPPED.
 What this means is that the already poor reporting by professionals at such facilities will continue. Families will think --if professionals are being punished for speaking about care issues-what will happen to us?
What will happen is that there will be retribution.
This has been going on since the beginning of time in Alberta.
The business of retribution is fully known to Alberta Health, AHS, Covenant Health and the continuing care industry. They are complicit in the silencing of the lambs.
But what if the lambs still keep speaking? When I go to court I will speak about the failures of Alberta Health, AHS and Covenant Health to help my handicapped sister who was left completely defenceless. I will speak about cover up and moving forward attempts. I will speak about how the health authorities consulted the Office of the Public Guardian to yap about taking over my sister's care so that they could expedite removal of her from the Grey Nuns Hospital to a lower level of care. By suing me -the Good Samaritan Society is opening a can of worms and families can see the facade of oversight in Alberta.
Thank you to this nurse for saying it like it is. No one is listening about the abuse but they sure are willing to SLAPP to cover up the failures of all concerned.
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