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Kelowna nurse suspended after inappropriate comments about COVID-19

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October 05, 2020 - 5:05 PM

A Kelowna nurse who made "inappropriate comments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic" will have their licence suspended for a month and face a series of restrictions.

Registered nurse Dale Henly entered a Consent Agreement with the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals Sept. 30, relating to an incident in March.

The agreement was reached to remediate practice issues "related to failure to adhere to scientific-based infection control practices and making inappropriate comments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic."

The College doesn't say what exactly Henly did that didn't match up with infection control practices or what was said.

It did, however, layout restrictions Henly entered voluntarily, including a four-week suspension of certificate of registration as a registered nurse.

For 24 months, Henly will be restricted to working for one employer in a group-based clinic practice rather than in an unsupervised home-care context. Henly cannot be the sole RN on duty, and is not allowed to have supervision over students and/or new hires.

Henly will also face a period of oversight in the workplace and will be involved in developing a learning plan relating to best practices for infection control and communications with clients.

"The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public," according to the College.

It's not the first time Henly has run afoul of the College.

On March 14, 2018, a panel of the Inquiry Committee approved a Consent Agreement to remediate conduct issues related to "repeatedly endorsing and recommending alternative websites and treatment to patients that were not approved by Interior Health Authority or identified in the patient treatment plans or prescriptions."

At that time, Henly voluntarily agreed to terms equivalent to a limit on practice, including a reprimand and six months of supervision, among other things.

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