The intensive care nurse in London, Ontario who traveled to DC was discharged “for good cause”.


The employer of a nurse in London, Ontario who traveled to Washington, DC in early January said the woman had been “fired for cause” following an internal investigation.

Kristen Nagle, who worked in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the London Health Sciences Center (LHSC), made headlines earlier this month after traveling across the border and violating Canadian government guidelines for non-essential travel to avoid.

The video on social media showed Nagle speaking at the Global Frontline Nurses Summit, an event scheduled for January 6 in Washington, DC, speaking out against COVID-19 health interventions.

The summit coincided with the riots in the U.S. Capitol, in which supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an outbreak of violence that left at least five people dead.

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Intensive care nurse in London, Ontario who traveled to Washington, DC on unpaid leave

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LHSC revealed Nagle’s dismissal in a statement emailed to Global News.

The statement noted that the nurse was put on unpaid leave after the hospital learned in November of actions involving Nagle “that were inconsistent with LHSC’s values”.

The hospital added that her unpaid leave was “pending the results of an internal investigation that is now complete”.

“While we are unable to go into the details of the investigation, we can confirm that the nurse was terminated for cause,” said LHSC.

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While LHSC did not specify what measures triggered the unpaid vacation in November, CBC News reported at the time that the “newborn nurse had problems with her regulator after attending anti-mask and anti-lockdown rallies in the province.” could. ”

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As of Monday, according to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), Nagle is listed as a licensed nurse “entitled to practice without restrictions”. CNO has confirmed to Global News that the regulator is investigating Nagle.

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“Legislation does not allow us to provide details about the progress or the ongoing status of this investigation,” a CNO spokesman said in an email.

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“It is a betrayal of public trust”

Nagle’s actions have been condemned by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), a professional body that advocates for registered nurses, nurses, and nursing students in Ontario.

Nagle has not only spoken at anti-masking and anti-lockdown rallies in the past, but also spoke out against anti-masking statutes in London and described himself in a letter to City Hall on September 19, 2020 as “an RN who spoke out against masks, tyranny, loss of our freedoms, etc. “

Doris Grinspun, CEO of RNAO, says she isn’t surprised to see Nagle laid off, adding that it would be devastating if either of them spoke out against COVID-19 health interventions.

“It’s a betrayal of public trust,” said Grinspun.

“When a nurse takes advantage of that public trust and betrays the same public that we want to protect and serve every minute, that’s just outrageous.”

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“A message to Ms. Nagle herself: ‘Stop that. “We need nurses in the profession, and we need nurses who are based on evidence, compassion, not conspiracy theories,” said Grinspun.

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“For my colleagues at the front … Please understand that this nurse’s actions, outrageous as they are, are an exception to the rule,” said Grinspun.

Grinspun notes that RNAO filed a complaint against Nagle with the CNO, adding that the regulator has informed them that they have received many such complaints.

However, a spokesperson for CNO stated in an email to Global News that “we are not allowed to report how many complaints we have received”.

Global News has asked Nagle for a comment on her recent layoff but received no response before it was published.

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