A nurse is a trained medical professional who helps ailing patients get better. Then there’s Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who didn’t cure patients but killed them.
Last summer, Wettlaufer was convicted of murdering eight patients under her care and attempting to kill six others over several years in various Ontario nursing homes.
In a chilling taped confession to police, she describes how she chose one of her victims, speaking in such an unemotional, matter-of-fact manner, the 51 year-old Wettlaufer appears to be a textbook psychopath who harboured no remorse for her victims.
But that’s only part of this sordid story because the other crucial element is the role the Ontario Nurses Association played in unwittingly prolonging her killing spree.
An inquiry is underway to determine how Wettlaufer flew under the radar for so long, and what’s emerged so far is how her public sector union inadvertently and repeatedly went to bat for her prolonging her killing spree.
Understandably, unions want to protect their rank and file but when a member is identified as toxic, why would the union still go to bat for such an odious individual?
Do the union brass feel so entitled, untouchable and beyond reproach?
In the Wettlaufer case, the outright stubbornness of the Ontario Nurses Association in protecting her turned out to be a matter of life and death – eight times over.