London Health Sciences Centre has terminated Kristen Nagle’s employment, a front-line nurse who attended and spoke in a protest in Washington DC early this month, Global News reported.
Nagle had worked at the London Health Sciences Centre as a neonatal ICU nurse since 2012, according to online records.
“While we are not able to address the specifics of the investigation, we can confirm that the nurse has been terminated with cause,” the LHSC said.
On January 6, Nagle and fellow nurse Sarah Choujounian, participated in “Global Frontline Nurses Summit,” where healthcare workers voiced dissent against state-mandated COVID-19 measures. The protest occurred just hours before the attack on US Capitol Hill.
Videos from the DC rally posted online capture Nagle and Choujounian delivering impassioned speeches, denouncing the current restrictions in Ontario. Addressing the crowd, Nagle identified herself as a registered nurse for 14 years, who is “sharing the truth whatever the cost may be.”
In November, the LHSC had placed Nagle on unpaid leave after discovering activities “that were not aligned with LHSC’s values,” the hospital told Global News in an emailed statement. The representative did not disclose her exact infraction in November; however, on November 24, CBC News had reported Nagle “could be in trouble with her regulatory body after taking part in anti-mask and anti-lockdown rallies in the province.”
Nagle has a history of not only attending but also organizing anti-lockdown rallies. According to CBC News, in November 2020, she had helped orchestrate a “freedom rally” in London, Ontario, that amassed over 2,000 picketers. She has also been a vocal anti-masker, calling herself “exempt” from face coverings on social media.
“It’s all for show. This is all politics; this is all BS,” Nagle said in a tirade against mandatory face-coverings in public posted on Instagram.
Ontario College of Nurses (OCN), the regulatory body, is investigating Nagle. As of January 19, she appears as a licensed RN “entitled to practice with no restrictions” on the OCN nurse directory. Her registration status as a RN is “current.”
Sympathizers of Nagle have launched an online petition, entreating the OCN to allow Nagle to continue practice as a nurse. In another petition, many are demanding that the nurse be stripped of her license.
On January 15, INN24 had covered the investigation of the Ontario nurses.
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