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Port Alberni nurse convicted of sexual assault banned from practicing for five years


In 2019, a Port Alberni nurse, Colin Hall, was arrested for numerous sexual assaults, in some of which, the victims were minors. 

A year later, Hall was convicted for seven counts of sexual assault and sentenced to four years in prison. 

Now, Hall has been released, but the question of whether or not he should be allowed to practice as a nurse again has arisen.

Back when he was convicted, he signed an agreement with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) changing his working status from active to non-practicing. 

On Tuesday, February 20th, Hall signed a new document in which he agreed to the terms set out by the BCCNM, one of which states that he can not practice as a nurse for at least five years. 

“The Inquiry Committee found that the most severe outcome was necessary to ensure that public safety was not compromised and to maintain confidence in the regulator’s mandate of protecting the public,” stated a BCCNM spokesperson in a public notice on Hall’s status. 

After five years, in 2029, Hall will be allowed to reapply for his license; however, if he chooses to do so, he will have to satisfy the BCCNM.

He will be judged on the criteria of his fitness for work, competence as well as his good character.

The BCCNM believes that these consequences are satisfactory in protecting the public.

Curtis Blandy

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