Drug-stealing nurse at long-term care facility in Ontario reinstated by arbitrator

Registered nurse had opioid substance abuse disorder and falsified records,
but employer didn’t investigate accommodation before dismissal for cause
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/28/2019
Sunnyside Home, a long-term care facility in Waterloo, Ont.
A registered nurse was fired for misconduct at Sunnyside Home, a long-term care facility in Waterloo, Ont. Credit: Google Street View

An Ontario long-term care facility has been ordered by an arbitrator to reinstate and accommodate a registered nurse with an opioid addiction who stole narcotics and falsified records to cover up her theft.

The 50-year-old worker was employed as a registered nurse (RN) at the Sunnyside Home, a long-term care facility in Waterloo, Ont., operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Hired in December 2002 on a part-time basis and moving to full-time in 2004, she was stationed in a building that housed 263 residents.

In 2012, the worker was promoted to team leader, a position that involved co-ordinating resident care, administering medication, and ensuring correct procedures for handling and control of medication.