A lawyer for Ontario’s nursing regulator says the case against a former nurse who killed eight seniors in her care is unprecedented and the professional body is seeking to revoke her certification.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who pleaded guilty to her crimes last month, is not present at the hearing taking place today before a disciplinary panel at the College of Nurses of Ontario.
The regulatory body alleges Wettlaufer committed professional misconduct when she overdosed 14 patients with the intent to harm or kill them between 2007 and 2016.
In June, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of eight seniors, attempted murder of four others and aggravated assault of two more people.
She confessed to the murders while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto in the fall before detailing the crimes to police in Woodstock
The college knew Wettlaufer was fired from the Caressant Care nursing home in Woodstock for a medication error in 2014, but she continued to work – and harmed patients – until she resigned as a nurse in September 2016.
(The Canadian Press)<