A Saskatchewan nurse could be out of a job, thanks to a post on her Facebook profile.
Carolyn Strom’s grandfather spent time at St. Joseph Health Facility’s palliative care unit before passing away in January of last year.
On her page, she wrote about the hospital’s “subpar care” and said that not everybody was “up to speed” about end-of-care life.
“As an RN (registered nurse) and an avid healthcare advocate myself, I just HAVE to speak up!” Strom wrote in a comment below her post about her grandfather’s care and the state of palliative care generally. “Whatever reasons/excuses people give for not giving quality care, I Do Not Care. It. Just. Needs. To Be. Fixed.”
A relative saw her post, and reported the comment Strom’s union, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association. They charged her with professional misconduct, a first for the union with regards to social media.
The union presented a public notice that stated, “you have failed to protect your integrity and your profession’s integrity when you used inappropriate communication channels to discuss, report and resolve workplace issues.”
If somebody criticizes another member of their professional family online, should they face some sort of punishment? Strom’s lawyer believes this will hamper free speech, especially in regulated professions.