After 40 years as a registered nurse, Marlie is enjoying her retirement. After her great send-off party last year, she changed her registration status to non-practising and bought a set of golf clubs. She hasn’t given it much thought since.
Rick, her husband, works at a big employer in the community. Over dinner, Rick mentions that his employer is planning the annual flu clinic, and that he volunteered her to give the flu shots again this year.
Marlie knows it’s not that simple—she tells Rick she needs to think about it.
There are actually only two:
Because she doesn’t have practising registration with CRNBC, Marlie can’t legally give vaccines. She’s not legally entitled to call herself an RN or a nurse, and if something goes wrong, she doesn’t have
professional liability protection.
Before Marlie can return to practice, she’d have to do a few things.
Even though the steps won’t take long, it’s more than Marlie is willing to do for an afternoon of volunteering. That night Marlie tells Rick she can’t give the shots as he’s not married to a practicing nurse anymore. Rick thinks she’s overreacting. He says she’s only been retired for a year and everyone knows she was a good nurse. Why doesn’t she just do it?
Marlie tells Rick that she was always a professional when she was a nurse and that didn’t go away when she retired. She can recommend some nursing friends to volunteer at the flu clinic.
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