N.L. lady who allegedly faked nursing licence was jailed in Ontario over 4-year-old son’s demise

N.L. lady who allegedly faked nursing licence was jailed in Ontario over 4-year-old son’s demise

A lady who allegedly faked a nursing licence to work at a long-term care residence in Gander was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail for the demise of her four-year-old son in Hamilton, Ont.

CBC Information has realized via sources with direct information of the scenario that Lisa Driscoll — who was flagged by Central Well being on Wednesday after working 25 shifts as an unlicensed nurse between August and November — is often known as Lisa Strickland.

The Bonavista lady was dwelling in Hamilton in 2017, when her four-year-old son, Kane Driscoll, was discovered lifeless in her residence. Police charged Strickland with manslaughter in 2019, however she pleaded all the way down to felony negligence inflicting demise. She was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail on Jan. 15, 2021, however with credit score for time served, she solely spent 75 extra days behind bars.

Strickland informed the courtroom she supposed to return residence to Newfoundland afterwards. In keeping with the Hamilton Spectator, she informed the decide she knew she would lose her credentials as a licensed sensible nurse, and would as an alternative research a commerce on-line.

In keeping with Central Well being, a lady named Lisa Driscoll utilized to work as a journey nurse via the company Options Staffing Inc., and handed via the corporate’s due diligence course of.

“When now we have contracted people are available in to work with us, the verifying and vetting of the workers’ credentials that they’ve employed are the duty of the corporate,” stated Joanne Pelley, the vice-president of built-in well being and chief nursing government at Central Well being.

Pelley could not say what is going to now occur with Central Well being’s relationship with Options Staffing Inc.

Strickland named in public database earlier than hiring

All registered nurses within the province have their names and licence numbers posted on the Faculty of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL) web site.

In keeping with Central Well being, Strickland used the licence variety of a nurse with a really related title that was posted on-line.

Central Well being stated the issue was flagged by the CRNNL on Dec. 14. A subsequent investigation by the well being authority discovered no situations of affected person hurt associated to her work at Lakeside Properties, however two points flagged along with her efficiency “unrelated to resident care had been raised and addressed.”

Other than the record of registered nurses, there’s additionally a nationwide record of unlicensed nurses which is compiled by the Faculty of Nurses of Ontario. CBC Information was capable of finding Strickland’s title — in addition to the aliases Lisa Driscoll and Michelle Driscoll — on that record with a fast Google search.

Archived variations of the web page present her title was revealed on the web site way back to June, earlier than she ever labored at Lakeside Properties.

CBC Information made makes an attempt to contact Strickland by e mail, and thru identified members of the family.

Hamilton police arrested Lisa Strickland in reference to the demise of her son, Kane Driscoll, in 2019. (Fb)

Arrested in Newfoundland in 2019

Police started an investigation after her son’s demise in 2017. When fees had been laid in 2019, police discovered Strickland was dwelling in Newfoundland and had given start to a different baby. 

Kane Driscoll died of hydromorphone poisoning. Hamilton police stated his demise was dominated a murder.

In courtroom, nonetheless, Driscoll stated she was “within the throes of dependancy” with hydromorphone — a robust prescription opioid. In keeping with an article from the Hamilton Spectator, she informed the courtroom it made her “careless.” She stated her son will need to have gotten into her remedy with out her noticing.

“I hope you progress on to a productive life,” the decide reportedly informed her as he handed down her sentence. 

A assessment finished by a pathologist afterwards discovered Strickland was being prescribed eight occasions the traditional quantity of hydromorphone, and that nothing in her charts indicated she wanted that a lot remedy.

By no means once more, says Central Well being

Vice-president Joanne Pelley stated Central Well being is now reaching out to residents of Lakeside Properties and their households to substantiate there have been no additional incidents involving Strickland.

She stated your entire scenario has been unprecedented for his or her area, including the well being authority has handed the scenario over to the RCMP.

“In Central Well being, it won’t occur once more,” Pelley stated, noting they will now do a second vet of all credentials earlier than journey nurses come into the area.

A sign on a brick wall says "Lakeside Homes," and a brick personal care home sits in the background.
Lakeside Properties is positioned in Gander and falls underneath the duty of Central Well being. (Central Northeast Well being Basis)

Neither Pelley, nor the RCMP, will affirm that Lisa Driscoll is actually Lisa Strickland.

“I can say that is an remoted incident,” Pelley stated. 

Union raises considerations with journey nurses

Talking earlier than information of the previous fees broke, the Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses’ Union stated in a press release that this case has been “extremely upsetting for the sufferers and households concerned. That is additionally very troublesome information for nurses who labored alongside Ms. Driscoll.”

The union additionally decried the province’s use of journey nurses, saying it is turn into a rising drawback for quite a few causes over the previous 12 months.

“In lower than one 12 months, the regional well being authorities spent $8.8 million on personal journey nurses,” reads a press release from the union. “These journey nurses work side-by-side with registered nurses working in our public system who face monumental strain to look after sufferers in communities all through our province. They receives a commission twice as a lot or extra and have precise management over their life and schedule.”

The union says the usage of journey nurses ends in registered nurses resigning their positions within the public system to get extra pay and adaptability as journey nurses.

“This will increase vacancies and makes the health-care disaster worse,” the union stated.

Pelley, in the meantime, stated the help from journey nurses has turn into important — besides on this “remoted incident.”

“It is a concern for the workers, however I do wish to say we work with many businesses and we do admire the help we get from the professionals we get after they come.”

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