CONTRIBUTION · 11th April 2012
Pamela Faverman, Postmedia
An incompetent nurse who was fired from a B.C. hospital after putting patients' lives at risk has had her license revoked by the College of Registered Nurses of B.C.
The college suspended Juliet Walsh's license on an interim basis in December 2009. In April 2010, she was found by a disciplinary committee to be incompetent and unprofessional.
Walsh worked at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace. Her suspension now remains in effect until at least January 2014, at which time she can re-apply providing she meets certain conditions.
Among other things, she was found guilty of:
- Failing to notify a doctor and allowing a patient to go home, even though the patient had no detectable blood pressure and a heart rate of only 30 beats per minute. Instead of accepting responsibility, she faulted the blood pressure equipment;
- Giving incorrect amounts of medications in intravenous drip bags in a 2007 case, resulting in an insufficient dose for the patient;
- Incorrectly programming an anti-cancer drug IV pump at 800 cc/hour rather than 600 cc/hour;
- Failing to release a clamp on an IV pump, resulting in a cancer patient not getting the chemotherapy drug;
- Using improper methods for blood transfusions;
- Lacking awareness of protocols regarding chemotherapy drug administration;
- Giving a post-operative gallbladder removal patient a dose of an anti-nausea drug that was wrong and ineffective.
The Walsh case had the distinction of being the first quasi-judicial, public disciplinary hearing of its kind in 13 years and the first since the College of Registered Nurses of B.C. was formed in 2005.
The previous licensing/ regulatory body was the Registered Nurses Association of B.C.Read the Story in the Victoria Times Colonist Here
Do you know shame "MBW?"
Comment by Janice Robinson on 18th April 2012
The people Ms. Walsh mistreated were in some of the most life-threatening and helpless situations life can present. How judgemental and ignorant of you to insinuate that we should feel shame about the publication of her name. Yet, you perpetrate that which you criticize by offering your limp commentary.
Humans are social animals. A couple of our humble (and inane) characteristics are: we cannot keep secrets, love to talk about ourselves and eachother, need to be loved, touched and accepted, got to brag about our accomplishments, and really do not relish anonymity unless we have something to be ashamed of.
Ms. Walsh can now join the thousands of other Canadian women, who have committed wrongs against society....take her lumps, get some help and support, become willing to make amends to all she has harmed, and be grateful she didn't land up in jail. You know what I'm talking about?
You bet this is news
Comment by TT on 12th April 2012
*let me preface this with my great respect for all the dedicated and overworked healthcare professionals out there* HOWEVER........
This woman is responsible for peoples lives and frankly the list of her seemingly continuous screw-ups is so scary that she is lucky to not have someones death on her head as well.
I want to know if a nurse with a history of careless mistakes, especially one not willing to admit to making a mistake in the first place. That should be my right as a possible patient and maybe this will make some of the other "bad " nurses out there think twice before they shirk their duties.
I have to agree with Ed.
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 12th April 2012
Ms Walsh must already be going thru a great deal of regret and shame for numerous times now since this story first hit the waves a few years ago. She is not a political figure whose name needs to be so repeatedly publicly disclosed...but rather; someone who seriously repeatedly screwed up in her job. I'm wondering about a FIPP/Privacy breech here; while wondering how her Union allowed her name to be disclosed in the first place.
Yes, it is news.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 12th April 2012
And sadly, Ms. Walsh is one of many incompetent professionals within the health and wellness field.
The number one rule in healthcare is: DO NO HARM. I am devoting a whole chapter to healthcare's good, the bad, and the ugly (from my humble perspective and experience).
If you think Ms. Walsh was humiliated by it all, put yourself in the moccasins of those cancer warriors she mistreated!
Glad to be informed.
Comment by Boby on 12th April 2012
This article does not personally insult the nurse. It just states the facts. I feel it is the responsibility of the agencies involved to keep us informed of such incidences. Perhaps the nurses are overworked or perhaps this person just didn't do their job right. Either way people could have been harmed and it is important we are aware of these types of things so we can make sure they do not happen again. Mistakes are made and people have to face that they made them. Like the article says, this isn't something that happens everyday so it is a pretty big deal.
This is news?
Comment by Ed Seal on 11th April 2012
Is this even legal to write this? Is it moral? I'm not a lawyer but something seems wrong with publicly flogging a worker like this article. If Mrs Walsh has been found to be unable to do her job by her peers then shouldn't it be between her and her employers? This does not seem like news to me just public humiliation.This woman is not in a public office where one would expect to be scrutinized on there job performance in a public forum.She has been disciplined does she need to be publically humiliated as well?