British Columbia nursing regulatory body issues warning to registrants spreading misinformation – BC News

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The regulatory body that oversees nurses and midwives in British Columbia has fired a warning shot against nurses spreading misinformation about the pandemic.

In a declaration this week, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives said it was working with its partners and the provincial government to address the “many” recent reports of members “participating, organizing or agitating against the ordinances of public health in place to deal with COVID-19[FEMININE”[FEMININE”

The college released the statement on the same day that Ezra Wellness was order of its location in Kamloops by its owner. The clinic, which advertised itself as an alternative to traditional healthcare that did not provide healthcare, was opened by Glenn Aalderink.

Aalderink was a licensed practical nurse at Royal Inland Hospital until the mandate to vaccinate healthcare workers came into effect. He organized an anti-vax rally outside the hospital on September 1 and regular protests in the city against the sanitary measures.

Aalderink said this week it has 70 trained healthcare workers in its Ezra Kamloops team who were recently placed on unpaid leave due to the tenure.

Another driving force behind Ezra Wellness is Sean Taylor, a registered nurse and PPC candidate in the riding of South Okanagan-West Kootenay in the last election. He was employed at Grand Forks Hospital but said in a recent YouTube video that he was fired for his comments during the election campaign despite vigorously opposing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Taylor said unvaccinated healthcare workers have a “moral imperative” to build a new healthcare system. He made the announcement in Toronto, where he visited with anti-vaccine influencer and fellow PPC candidate Mark Friesen, who was intubated in hospital fight COVID-19.

Ezra Wellness’s business model is unclear, but Aalderink says it will be back with another location in Kamloops after being kicked out this week. One location operates in Grand Forks, where Taylor is located.

The BC College of Nurses and Midwives, meanwhile, says it’s keeping a close watch.

The BCCNM is the self-regulatory body that oversees the delivery of nursing and midwifery care in the province and has the power to investigate and hold hearings.

In its statement this week, the college says it has the legal tools to ensure that no one abuses their registered title or practices without registration.

The titles of nurse, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, registered practical nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife and registered midwife are all protected in British Columbia.

This means that only those registered with the BCCNM have the right to use the titles. The college can also legally prevent individuals from using these titles illegally or from practicing nursing illegally.

“Those registered with the BCCNM are free to express their own opinions in a legal manner, but do not have the right to use a protected title to disseminate disinformation,” the college statement read. “The BCCNM can and will take action against registrants whose use of the title poses a risk to the public or could discredit the profession of nursing or midwifery. “


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