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The BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) has issued a five-month suspension to a Victoria nurse who falsified a medical record.

According to a public notice shared on its website, the BCCNM voted to revoke Edgardo (Jon) Santiago’s practice after failing to effectively assess a patient with a significant medical history and concerns for their health.

The report says in July 2020, Santiago observed the patient, asked his colleagues what they had observed, and reviewed the charting of previous shifts. 

The nurse then falsified a medical record by writing he had conducted a “fulsome assessment” which had not been done.

As part of Santiago’s voluntary suspension, he must complete remedial education on ethical and responsible issues, medication, documentation, patient relations, critical thinking, develop a learning plan, and meet with a BCCNM practice consultant for a period of five months.

When he returns to work in June, his first five assessments will be supervised where he is required to meet with a supervisor to discuss an ongoing learning plan for six months. 

Santiago will also be subject to random documentation audits.

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