BC nurse suspended over allegations of removing PPE while on the job

Jul 3 2020, 5:18 pm

A licenced nurse in BC has been suspended following allegations they were careless with their personal protective equipment (PPE), even going so far as to remove it when working around a patient with COVID-19.

According to the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCBP), on June 19, 2020, it suspended the registration of a Licensed Practical Nurse, Kenneth Chan, while an investigation is conducted into his actions on the job.

While still unproven, the suspension will stand while the BCCBP looks into “serious allegations that Chan failed to properly don and doff PPE on a number of occasions in March and on one occasion in April 2020 when coming into contact with COVID-19 residents.”

It’s also alleged that Chan failed to co-operate with BCCNP.

These suspensions are permitted under the Health Professions Act, which gives the BCCNP the power to impose limits or suspend licence registration altogether. The allegations are considered unproven until determined by a registrant or discipline committee.

If the inquiry committee finds that actions taken are no longer necessary to protect the public, it must cancel the limits, conditions or suspension and notify the registrant in writing of the cancellation as soon as possible.

However, if Chan is found to have been endangering the public by the committee, he may appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

BCCNP also says that after learning of the alleged incidents, Chan’s employer removed him from the workplace.