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Vernon nurse disciplined for racist comments

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A Vernon nurse was suspended from work for five weeks after making racist comments twice in the workplace.

Between March and June 2021, Barabara Liesch, a Registered Nurse, made a comment about sterilization of First Nations women and another about a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour) coworker's hair.

The B.C. College of Nurses and Midwives offered gave no more information specifically about those comments. It noted on its website, however, that Leisch was asked to complete "six remedial courses," but she hadn't started them seven weeks later.

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According to the June 21 notice, Liesch signed a consent agreement with the College and has been suspended from practicing for five weeks.

She agreed to a six-month limit from being in a supervisory position. Liesch will also take part in a four-month workplace mentorship focused on "communication, remedial education on anti-racism and sensitivity training."

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"The inquiry committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public," the notice on the College website reads.

No more information about Liesch's comments or the suspension are available on the College website.

— A previous version of this story incorrectly named the facility where the incidents took place. The name and a photo of the facility were removed at 11:49 a.m., June 24, 2022.

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