A GoFundMe campaign has come through for a Saskatchewan nurse facing a hefty fine.
Carolyn Strom was fined $26,000 by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) over a Facebook post she wrote in 2015.
In the post, Strom criticized the end-of-life care her grandfather got at a facility in Macklin, Sask.
The post led SRNA to accuse Strom of violating her grandfather’s privacy and bringing the nursing profession into disrepute.
Strom was convicted of professional misconduct at a hearing in December 2016.
Most of Strom’s fine was meant to reimburse some $140,000 in costs SRNA claimed were incurred to investigate the case.
As news of the fine broke, a group of nurses began a GoFundMe campaign.
The fundraising effort cracked the $26,000 in about two weeks, as nurses and others from around the country donated.
In a statement emailed to 650 CKOM, Strom wrote she was hesitant at first about accepting the funds, but had to acknowledge the sheer size of the fine was too much for her to cover herself.
“It was not easy to admit and come to terms with the financial strain this penalty would put on me and my family,” she wrote.
Despite having the fine taken care of, Strom wrote she would be continuing with an appeal against the penalty.
She wrote she hoped to be able to donate the funds to a charity for seniors in the event her fine is overturned.