Recently, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) found a registered nurse guilty of professional misconduct for falsifying overtime claims. Following an investigation, the SRNA determined the nurse had violated the SRNA’s Code of Conduct by wrongfully claiming overtime on eight different occasions between June 6 and June 22, 2012.

The former Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan nurse falsely claimed and received pay for call backs on eight patients that she had not attended. The allegations surfaced through complaints from two employees. A date for the nurse’s penalty hearing for the misconduct findings has not been set.

The nurse in question was terminated as a result of false overtime claims. At arbitration the termination was not upheld. Arbitrator Garden Q.C. did, however, rule against reinstatement because there had been a fundamental breach in trust between the employer and nurse, making reinstatement inappropriate.