Caressant Care says staff didn’t tell college there was ‘no underlying issue’ with Elizabeth Wettlaufer

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The Woodstock nursing home where Elizabeth Wettlaufer killed seven residents is firing back at Ontario’s nursing regulator, one day after a disciplinary panel stripped the serial murderer of her licence.

Caressant Care nursing home said in a statement the College of Nurses of Ontario didn’t contact the home after it terminated Wettlaufer in March 2014 for reasons outlined in a 20-page report.

Nursing homes are required to inform the college when nurses are fired.

At Wettlaufer’s disciplinary hearing Tuesday, the college said after being notified of Wettlaufer’s termination, college staff spoke with a senior staff member from the home.

The home’s nursing director “indicated there was no underlying issue or concern” about Wettlaufer, college counsel Megan Shortreed told the disciplinary panel.

“Caressant Care has no records indicating that its leadership or staff believed or said this in response to any inquiry following the termination,” the nursing home said.

Caressant Care also released new information about Wettlaufer’s seven-year employment history.

She was fired after committing 10 workplace violations in 2 1/2 years, Caressant Care said.

Three of the violations led to suspensions.

The home was ordered by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to halt all new admissions.

After her firing from Caressant Care, Wettlaufer took a job at Meadow Park nursing home in London – a position she assumed within a month, according to her statement to police. It was at Meadow Park where she murdered her eighth and final victim.

In June, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two aggravated assault charges. She was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole for 25 years.


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