The decisions of the Complaints, Discipline or Fitness to Practice (Review) Committees are provided promptly to the nurse, the complainant, and the nurse’s employer(s). The Association must give public notice of all suspensions, revocations, and impositions of restrictions, conditions or limitations on a nurse’s registration.
Listed below are notices of suspensions and revocations, as well as notices of restrictions, conditions or limitations that have been imposed on nurses’ registrations as a result of Discipline Committee or Fitness to Practice (Review) Committee decisions. To verify the registration status of any member, please contact the Registrar.
NANB Statement Regarding the Registration Status of Donna Collins
Over the past several months, NANB has received several inquiries regarding the registration status of Donna Collins. Donna Collins was actively registered with NANB as a Registered Nurse from 2000–2012 and as a Nurse Practitioner from 2012–2013. Her registration with NANB expired on December 31, 2013, after which she was no longer authorized to practice nursing or use the titles Registered Nurse (RN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP).
Following a disciplinary hearing on November 22, 2017, Ms. Collins was reprimanded by the Discipline Committee and issued a fine for improper use of actual and fictitious nursing designations such as RN, NP, “RN+” and “DNP”, while not being a registered member of NANB. Donna Collins has not been registered with NANB since December 31, 2013. She is not authorized to practice nursing in New Brunswick, to hold herself out as a person authorized to practice nursing, or to use such designations.
February 24, 2020
Suspension Imposed and Reprimand Issued
In a decision dated May 31, 2021, the NANB Discipline Committee found that Karen Anne Belliveau, registration number 017418, failed to assess and/or identify significant changes in a patient’s condition and failed to take appropriate action in relation to the patient’s declining health status. Ms. Belliveau chose not to attend the hearing, which demonstrated a lack of accountability for her practice, showed disrespect for the proceedings of the Committee, and demonstrated an unwillingness to be governed.
The Committee reprimanded Ms. Belliveau for violating the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses and the NANB Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses. The Committee suspended Ms. Belliveau’s registration until specific conditions are met. When those conditions are met, Ms. Belliveau will be eligible to apply for a conditional registration. The Committee also ordered that Ms. Belliveau pay a portion of the costs of the proceedings related to the Complaint.
May 31, 2021
In a decision dated May 20, 2021, the NANB Fitness to Practice (Review) Committee accepted the Alternate Complaint Resolution Proposal (“ACRP”) submitted by Anne Boudreau, registration number 017629. As a result of the admissions made in the ACRP, the Committee found that Ms. Boudreau’s actions (which included regularly asking her colleagues for money and food, stealing food and personal supplies from her employer, taking patients’ food, being distracted at work by calls and internet searches for financial loans, and working while unable to concentrate, make decisions, perform basic nursing care, or appropriately calculate medication dosages) constituted dishonesty and conduct unbecoming a member of NANB, and demonstrated that she was unfit to practice nursing. Ms. Boudreau stated that she does not wish to return to the practice of nursing.
The Committee reprimanded Ms. Boudreau for dishonesty and for conduct unbecoming a member of NANB. The Committee ordered that Ms. Boudreau’s registration be revoked, and that she will only be eligible to apply for reinstatement with a conditional registration when she submits satisfactory evidence of her fitness to practice nursing.
May 20, 2021
On May 19, 2021, the NANB Complaints Committee suspended the registration of Tina Harding, registration number 026864, pending the outcome of proceedings before the Fitness to Practice (Review) Committee.
May 19, 2021
In a decision dated May 13, 2021, the NANB Fitness to Practice (Review) Committee accepted the Alternate Complaint Resolution Proposal (“ACRP”) submitted by Sarah Littlejohn, registration number 028005. As a result of the admissions made in the ACRP, the Committee found that Ms. Littlejohn’s actions (including diverting narcotics from her workplace, working while under the influence of narcotics, and falsifying medical records) constituted professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming a member of NANB, disregard for the welfare of patients, and dishonesty. Ms. Littlejohn admitted and the Committee found that she failed to adhere to required narcotic control procedures, NANB Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses, NANB Standards for Documentation, and the Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses.
The Committee ordered that the suspension of Ms. Littlejohn’s registration be continued until specific conditions are met. When those conditions are met, Ms. Littlejohn will be eligible to apply for a conditional registration.
May 13, 2021