The nurse who insulted Joyce Echaquan at the Joliette hospital in the moments before her death was struck off by her professional order for a period of one year.
In a decision rendered on September 27, the disciplinary council of the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec confirmed the striking off of Paule Rocray for negligence and verbal abuse.
The nurse – who has 33 years of experience – admitted in August that he had verbally abused Joyce Echaquan and had been negligent in the care she gave him, in particular by not carrying out an assessment following a fall. By this admission of guilt, Ms. Rocray admitted having violated Articles 37 and 44 of the OIIQ’s code of ethics.
The two parties – that is to say the lawyer of Paule Rocray and that of the syndic of the OIIQ who formulated the complaint – had submitted a joint recommendation of one year of striking off (that is to say one year for the count of verbal violence and six months for the count of negligence, to be served concurrently).
In the video of the former moments of Ms. Echaquan’s life, several degrading remarks are made by caregivers. “Asti of thick tabarnouche”, “that there is better dead that”, “did you [fini] to fool around! “,” Heille, you’re thick in cuddling “,” Well better to stuff this than anything else / especially since it is us who pay for that “, we hear in particular.
Before the disciplinary board of the OIIQ, Ms. Rocray said she felt “ashamed”. “It’s not me, that [d’insulter]. And I know it’s going to follow me my whole life, ”she had said. However, she had not acknowledged the discriminatory nature of her remarks about Joyce Echaquan.