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Ontario nurse suspended for withdrawing life support without permission

by | Nov 30, 2017

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Joanna Flynn

CTV News reported that the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) suspended nurse, Joanna Flynn, for five months after pleading guilty to two charges of professional misconduct for withdrawing life-support from Deanna Leblanc without permission. Flynn was previously found not guilty of manslaughter.

According to the CTV News report by Adam Ward:

In its ruling, the committee said Flynn “contravened the standards of practice of the profession and engaged in dishonourable and unprofessional conduct by discontinuing life support for a client without the required medical authorization and failing to record that medical authorization to discontinue life support had been refused by the responsible physician.”

In March 2014, Flynn removed Deanna Leblanc from life support at Georgian Bay General Hospital. She did so without the permission of a doctor, which she testified was allowed under the guidelines laid out by the CNO.

It is likely that Flynn also withdrew life-support without proper consent.

Ward wrote

A point of contention in her manslaughter trial was whether she coerced Leblanc’s husband for consent.

Last June, Ontario nurse, Elizabeth Wettlauffer, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after confessing to killing 8 people.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

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