The Saskatchewan nurse found guilty of professional misconduct for writing on Facebook about her grandfather’s health-care experience has been slapped with a $26,000 fine.

In a written decision issued this week, the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) ordered Carolyn Strom to pay a $1,000 fine plus $25,000 toward the cost of the disciplinary process — which has already cost in the ballpark of $150,000.

Strom’s lawyer, Marcus Davies, said he is saddened and angered by the hefty penalty and is filing an appeal.

The SRNA has given Strom until July 1 to pay the $1,000 fine and three years to pay the $25,000, which works out to payments of more than $700 a month. If Strom fails to pay by those times, her nursing licence will be suspended.

Davies calls the penalty “absolutely devastating” and said Strom has “no choice” but to appeal.

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