A Canadian nurse has admitted to murdering eight nursing home residents in Ontario.
Elizabeth Wettlaufer also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault at a hearing held at Ontario Superior Court yesterday.
“We take our mandate to protect the public very seriously and are committed to responding quickly to information that indicates patients may be harmed”
College of Nurses of Ontario
According to media reports, the 49-year-old nurse killed the residents by injecting them with insulin for no medical reason.
The residents, aged between 75 and 96 years old, were murdered between 2007 and 2014.
The incidents are thought to have taken place at three Ontario long-term care facilities where Ms Wettlaufer worked as a nurse, and also at a private home where she was an employee.
Ms Wettlaufer is also believed to have injected a further six victims between the ages of 57 and 77 years old with insulin in an attempt to murder.
Toronto police began investigating Ms Wettlaufer in September 2016 after they became aware of information she had given to a psychiatric hospital in Toronto that caused them concern.
In October she was arrested and charged with eight counts of murder, according to media reports.
Canadian nurse jailed for murder has registration revoked
Yesterday regulatory body the College of Nurses of Ontario confirmed Ms Wettlaufer resigned her registration with the organisation on September 30, 2016, which was the “same day she first informed us of her actions”.
“Since receiving the information, the college fully cooperated with the police.
“The college can now accelerate its own ongoing investigation into Ms Wettlaufer’s professional conduct and we expect our process to be resolved in the near future,” said the regulatory body in a statement.
“We take our mandate to protect the public very seriously and are committed to responding quickly to any information that indicates patients may be harmed by a nurse’s actions,” added the statement.