B.C. nurse loses licence for multiple accounts of professional misconduct

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A Richmond woman has been banned from nursing for five years following a series of events, including over-medicating one of her patients and sleeping through a caregiving period.

According to a Consent Agreement between Ma Eriberta Lauang and the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals published today, April 27, issues regarding her conduct and practice arose in April 2016 and from May 2018 to July 2019.

The consent agreement states that at one facility Lauang failed to adhere to facility policy by inserting an nasogastric tube contrary to her approved role and then providing a false account of permissions in this regard.

She also suspended a patient from a lift to promote a bowel movement, contrary to appropriate care, and left the patient unsupervised in the lift and documented that appropriate bowel protocol had been followed.

On various occasions, Lauang failed to respond to call bells and failing to feed and care for patients as required on night shift and directed other staff to do the same. She also failed to adhere to appropriate narcotic handling and administration practices.

At another facility, Lauang slept at a client's home during night shift while on duty and prepared doses of Hydromorphone in excess of what was ordered for one patient.

Lauang relinquished registration during the investigation into her professional misconduct, meaning she is not entitled to work as a nurse in British Columbia.

“She has agreed to the cancellation of her registration and not to reapply for practicing registration for at least five years,” reads the notice. “Should she apply for reinstatement of registration at that time she will be required to meet the registration requirements of character, competence and fitness.”

The Inquiry Committee said in the notice that it is satisfied that the terms will protect the public.

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