Kamloops nurse suspended over recording of vulnerable resident

The British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives says a Kamloops nurse currently employed at a seniors facility in Brocklehurst will be suspended for three weeks, after recording footage back in 2019 of a resident in a vulnerable and undignified situation and showing it to co-workers.

Melvin Duncan, a licensed practical nurse, is currently employed at Ridgeview Lodge, located at 920 Desmond St. It is unclear if the incident in question occurred at that facility or another location.

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The provincial government regulates health professions in British Columbia through governing bodies known as colleges. The colleges are governed by the Health Professions Act. The BCCNM is required by law to protect the public from incompetent, unethical or impaired nursing.

The college recently issued notice online of a consent agreement with Duncan, related to “practice issues” that occurred in October and November of 2019. The issues, the notice states, are related to Duncan “leaving his shift early without permission, using his personal cellular telephone to record footage from the facility video surveillance system of a resident in a vulnerable and undignified situation and showing the video footage to colleagues.”

The notice states Duncan voluntarily agreed to three weeks suspension, public reprimand, educational coursework and meetings with a BCCNM practice support consultant to identify issues and prevent recurrence.

“The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms will protect the public,” the agreement states.

British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives communications specialist Johanna Ward said Duncan’s suspension will run for three weeks, from Jan. 26 to Feb. 16.

“I can’t disclose any information about the case beyond what’s included in the notice,” she said.

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