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B.C. nurse suspended for social media use, falsifying signatures

Davia Vancaillie was found to have signed for medication not used on nine occasions. She also failed to document patient falls, the regulatory body found.
An Armstrong nurse has been suspended and must have practice supervision on her return to work.

B.C.’s College of Nurses and Midwives has suspended an Armstrong nurse for three weeks for using her phone at work to check social media, wasting narcotics and falsifying her colleagues' signatures.

On Aug. 25, an inquiry committee approved a consent agreement between the college and Davia Vancaillie to address practice issues that took place between July 3 and Oct. 27, 2020.

The committee found Vancaillie signed for medication not used on nine occasions. She also failed to document and/or assess three patient falls, according to the public notice.

The signature issue involved falsely documenting her coworkers' signature on records during the wasting of narcotics on at least five occasions.

The decision noted Vancaillie gave a letter of apology to her employer and engaged in remedial education and other measures while the situation was investigated. 

Vancaillie’s nursing registration was suspended for three weeks. She is prohibited from being the sole regulated nurse on duty, working in-charge of a unit or facility, supervising students, orientating new staff members for six months and working night shift for three months.

She must also have indirect supervision of her nursing practice for three months.

The college is one of 18 regulatory bodies empowered under the Health Professions Act to regulate health professions in B.C. It regulates the practice of four distinct professions: nursing, practical nursing, psychiatric nursing and midwifery. 

Similar legislation in other self-regulated areas such as the legal and notary public professions also allows citizens to know about discipline issues in the public interest.

“The inquiry committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public,” the decision said.

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