Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


Statement on Elizabeth Wettlaufer case

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.

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