Corrections nurse loses trust, job

Employer, colleagues lost all trust in prison nurse after cover-ups of medication errors, denials and refusal to co-operate
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 03/20/2012

The importance of truth

Trust is generally essential to the employment relationship, especially in highly skilled professions like medicine. If someone like a nurse violates professional standards, it can be serious misconduct due to the potential risks to patients and employer liability.

Violating professionals standards isn’t the worst thing an employee can do, however. How about trying to cover it up? When the element of dishonesty enters the equation in any employment relationship, that can often be the end of it. Even if the employee in question has a lengthy, discipline-free tenure with the employer.