Carolyn Strom, a registered nurse from Regina, Saskatchewan, Is going through an extensive and expensive legal battle caused by a Facebook post that she wrote 2 years ago when her Grandfather was a patient in a long-term care facility.
Strom wrote on Facebook that there was “a lack of compassion and education among staff.” When the nurses who cared for her grandfather learned of the post they claimed that it damaged their reputations, even though the nurses weren't identified by name.
The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association found Strom guilty of professional misconduct, in October. They cited the Registered Nurses Act when they stated that Strom's social media post was found to “harm the standing of the profession of nursing."
The SRNA also said, “In finding her guilty, their intent was not to muzzle Strom." But that “Nurses are accountable for their actions and answerable for their practice.”
The SRNA website states that “The regulatory body is accountable for ensuring members are competent in providing the services that society has entrusted to them. Individual members are personally accountable for their professional nursing practice through adherence to the code of ethics, practice standards and maintaining competence.”
In the U.S, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing states that “A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media” states, “Nurses must not make disparaging remarks about employers or co-workers. Do not make threatening, harassing, profane, obscene, sexually explicit, racially derogatory, homophobic or other offensive comments.”
The guide also states that “The definition of individually identifiable information includes any information that relates to the past, present or future physical or mental health of an individual, or provides enough information that leads someone to believe the information could be used to identify an individual."
What do you think about this? Is this fair? Comment below!