Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Statement on Elizabeth Wettlaufer case

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On June 1, RNAO released a statement in response to former nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleading guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault at several Ontario nursing homes:

“We are devastated by the murders of eight residents in several Ontario nursing homes by a nurse, and the unbelievable pain and suffering this has caused for their families and friends. Nurses across Ontario, Canada and beyond, share the outrage about this gross violation of the most sacred principle of our profession – the commitment entrusted in us to ensure the well-being of patients and their families.

To members of the public, we want to assure you that every nurse, every personal support worker, and anyone else who works in a nursing home, are committed to delivering safe and quality care.

For this reason, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is calling for a public inquiry into the deaths of the residents who died at the hands of Elizabeth Wettlaufer. We need to get to the bottom of what happened, how it happened and what we can learn from an organizational, regulatory and system perspective to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. We want no stone unturned in this effort.”

RNAO has also issued an action alert to Premier Kathleen Wynne and Health Minister Eric Hoskins to announce a public inquiry into the deaths of the eight residents who died at the hands of the former nurse. To add your support, sign our action alert today.

For more information about the case and RNAO’s call for a public inquiry, please read the Toronto Star article.

Wettlaufer’s sentencing hearing will take place on June 26 and 27.

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