Psychiatric nurse reinstated after leaving patient behind

Nurse said he would ‘do it again’ to protect other patients on road trip after patient got unruly
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

A traumatic experience for nurse and patient

Nurses have a heightened expectation of responsibility placed on them because of the risk of harm to patients in their care. Psychiatric nurses in particular are expected by their employers to maintain certain professional standards because the patients in their care are often unable to look after themselves.

Placing a patient in a dangerous situation could easily be grounds for termination of a nurse’s employment. But what if the nurse suffered from a mental condition that contributed to the misconduct in question?