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What happened to Kelsey?


After we shared this case study in our September 2017 newsletter, we heard from a number of people who wondered: What happened to Kelsey? Here’s the answer.

While on leave, Kelsey was diagnosed with substance use disorder by a medical expert. Her recovery plan included treatment, connecting with a local recovery community, and enrolling in a medical monitoring program.

After treatment, Kelsey was reassessed by the medical expert, who reports that Kelsey is in early recovery. She thinks Kelsey is fit to return to work with medical monitoring and supports in the workplace, and recommends temporary restrictions on access to narcotics be in place. Kelsey’s employer will work with her to accommodate the expert’s recommendations.

After receiving the complaint, CRNBC  conducted an investigation, collecting evidence of the impact of Kelsey's behaviour on her nursing practice and public safety.

Kelsey and CRNBC reached a consent agreement, in which Kelsey acknowledged the findings of the investigation. In order to protect the public, the agreement includes limits and conditions on Kelsey’s registration status that reflect workplace restrictions on her access to narcotics, and health monitoring for a period of time.

With a CRNBC consent agreement in place, Kelsey began working with her advocate and employer to return to practice.

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