Stephen Bishop, a former nurse and college instructor on Vancouver Island, has been banned from his profession in B.C. after taking several hundred photographs of his students in their bathing suits during a school trip in 2016.
Bishop was a full-time instructor in the nursing department at Camosun College when he chaperoned students on a five-week field study trip to the Philippines.
Upon return from the trip, students filed complaints against Bishop, resulting in his resignation from Camosun in 2016 as the college proceeded to investigate the claims.
Earlier this month, a consent agreement between the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals and Bishop revealed more details about the complaints filed.
The agreement says that “during the trip, in addition to photographs of students in nursing activities, Mr. Bishop took several hundred photographs of his students in their bathing suits while they were swimming or sunbathing, and/or when they may have been unaware that they were being photographed.”
It also outlined that Bishop allegedly made inappropriate, personal comments directed towards the students.
Since his resignation, the consent agreement says Bishop has not worked again as a nurse. It also outlines that his nursing registration expired on March 1, 2018 and he did not renew so he is no longer permitted to practice nursing in B.C.
As part of the agreement with the BCCNP, Bishop has said he will not apply for reinstatement of registration for at least four years and, if he were to reapply, he would need to take courses and have a reassessment of his character and competence.
The consent agreement also said “the BCCNP is satisfied that these measures will protect the public.”