Ex-nurse accused of stealing from patients at Royal Jubilee Hospital
Jan 12 2012
A former nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria is suspected of stealing from psychiatric patients.Photograph by: Lyle Stafford, timescolonist.com
A former nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria is being investigated by police for allegedly stealing from psychiatric patients.
Police spokesman Const. Mike Russell said detectives are pursuing possible charges of theft and criminal breach of trust. They hope to recommend charges to Crown "within the next couple of weeks," he said.
Russell said police are looking into the nurse's entire career with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, "which is years." He confirmed that the nurse had a criminal record from another jurisdiction.
The health authority said the nurse left her job in December, but spokeswoman Shannon Marshall declined to provide details because of the ongoing criminal investigation.
She said the nurse worked in psychiatric emergency services and the hospital's psychiatric intensive care unit. "That's obviously a concern to us that vulnerable adults were put in this position," she said. "So suffice to say that she is no longer in our employ."
Marshall said she was unaware that the nurse had a previous record. But she said the health authority would only hire nurses licensed by their professional body, which would require a criminal record check.