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A Moose Jaw nurse who previously ran as a provincial NDP candidate pleaded guilty to professional misconduct after mistreating a patient who had Crohn’s disease. Karen Purdy was ordered to pay $5,000 to the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) during her Wednesday afternoon disciplinary hearing in Regina. The patient, who was referred to simply as P.R. during the hearing, was not present. Investigation committee lawyer Connor Clyde said the man described his five-day stay at Wigmore Regional Hospital in Moose Jaw as “pure hell,” in part due to Purdy’s conduct on Jan. 1, 2016. Purdy snapped her fingers at the man as an order to turn over so she could change his Attends adult diaper. She then left the soiled diaper and wipes on the floor of his hospital room, which Purdy’s lawyer Bob Hale said was a “pure oversight” on her part. She told the man in front of his family that he would end up in a nursing home, laying in bed and soiling himself, which caused mental distress to the man and his family. “To this day, he is reluctant to attend at hospitals,” said Clyde, who acknowledged the importance of being realistic with patients, but compassion should be shown as well. Unable to reach the toilet due to his intravenous hookup, the man defecated in a garbage can, at which point Purdy “scolded him and asked him if he did this at home,” said Clyde. That “made P.R. feel degraded, embarrassed and humiliated.” The last charge related more to patient safety. With the IV machine beeping alerts every 20 minutes, Purdy broke the rules in instructing the man’s family on how to silence or restart the machine. That left the family “effectively acting as health-care professionals,” said Clyde. Hale called it “an error in judgment” and an attempt to appease the man’s family members, who were getting annoyed that the man’s rest was being interrupted. As penalty, Purdy must complete a code of ethics learning module and an interpersonal communications course, write a reflective essay about the incident, and pay $5,000 to SALPN, to cover less than half of the costs of the investigation and hearing. Further, Purdy will have to submit a copy of the disciplinary decision to current and future employers for the next two years.

A former employee of a residential care home made her first appearance in court today. The 35-year-old is charged with distributing intimate images without consent. She and four other employees allegedly posted the images on Snapchat.

Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) has announced two changes in its leadership. Kathy Milsom will join Toronto’s public housing agency as its new president and chief executive officer. Kevin Marshman, TCHC’s interim president and CEO, will help Milsom with her transition then return to the board where he will step in as interim chair until Toronto City Council approves of a permanent one.

An employee of a care home allegedly photographed residents without their consent and shared the image with her fellow co-workers on social media, police said. The alleged incidents came to light when a staff member came forward about the conduct of five fellow colleagues.

The board of directors for Mills Community Support (MCS) has announced the retirement of Mike Coxon from the role of chief executive officer (CEO), and the appointment of Robert Eves as the new CEO.

A single mum has been spared jail despite admitting distributing an indecent video of a two-year-old girl and a man she was ‘disgusted’ by. Care worker Gloria Owusu was sent the video clip in May last year and sent it on to relatives and friends over the next eight months. Owusu also shared a picture of an eight-year-old girl standing naked in a field – but claimed she not did think this was indecent as ‘children often walk around naked’ in the village she was from in Ghana. The 45-year-old, who works part-time in a residential care home for the elderly, was arrested when she showed her colleague the video and it was seen by a visitor. She pleaded guilty to two offences of possessing and distributing indecent images but was spared jail after Judge Zoe Smith gave her a 10 month suspended sentence.

A year of turnover in leadership at the Niagara Falls Housing Authority continued on Tuesday. Alicia Liable was appointed to replace former NFHA Commissioner Cynthia Bianco, whose five-year would have expired this year. Bianco announced her intent not to seek reappointment from Mayor Paul Dyster in a letter submitted to the board at its annual re-organizational meeting.

Reports show Caressant Care in Woodstock has been reprimanded by the province for medication issues. That’s the long-term care home where Elizabeth Wettlaufer is accused of killing seven patients. The reports suggest there have been 41 drug-related incidents at the nursing home between last August and December.