A seniors home in New Glasgow handled the case appropriately after two nurses taped a woman's mouth shut and drew a happy face on it, Nova Scotia's Health Department says.

One of the nurses was sent home for 10 days and the other for five following an internal investigation into the incident at Glen Haven Manor.

Nova Scotia's Health Department did its own investigation and concluded the board running Glen Haven did the right thingin discipliningthe nurses.

"These people understood their wrongdoing," said Donna Dill, the director of monitoring and evaluation ofcontinuing care. "They had not intended to be malicious, but understand it was very poor judgment."

The nurses were apparently trying to calm down awoman, in her 80s, by taping her mouth and drawing a happy face on it. The incident happened in January.

Dill said Glen Haven Manor will train staff about elder abuse, and a provincial official will revisit the home within 90 days to see whether that extra training has helped.

She said the nurses involved still face a review by their licensing body.