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Lake Country nurse took $16K from elderly patient's spouse

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A Lake Country nurse who appears to have lied about having cancer and took $16,000 from an elderly patient's spouse has been banned from nursing for three years.

According to an Aug. 30 B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives decision, which was light on detail, Lake Country licenced practical nurse Carey Motloch formed a friendship with the elderly spouse of a patient in the long-term care home where she worked. The decision does not identify the care home.

The friendship took place between 2014 and 2017 and after the patient died, Motloch began meeting the spouse for coffee.

At one point the spouse's daughter saw her dad texting Motloch and telling her he was in love with her.

In December 2017, the daughter told staff at the care home she was concerned about the relationship.

The man told his daughter that Motloch had cancer and was struggling financially. He told staff at the home Motloch was "riddled with cancer."

Motloch did not have cancer.

The decision says in June 2019 the daughter found her father gave four cheques to Motloch totalling $16,000.

Not only did she accept them, Motloch wrote the cheques herself and had the man sign them.

Motloch told the Nurse's College that the cheques were for items she sold the spouse through a buy-and-sell business however, the decision says no records of the items or their sale were provided and the specific items were not found among the spouse's belongings.

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In a separate incident in 2017, Motloch had a sexual relationship with a patient's son.

The decision says professional and practice standards prohibit nurses from being in a friendship or romantic relationship with a client or the client's family or friends.

Motloch didn't tell management about the relationship and it was only picked up when another staff member witnessed Motloch and the man in an "overly familiar interaction."

The decision says Motloch let her registration expire during the College's investigation into the matters.

Motloch will now not be allowed to re-apply to become a nurse for three years.

The decision says if she does re-apply in three years the College will make an assessment as to whether she is fit to practice nursing again.

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