In 2017, the CLPNM began requesting criminal record checks, child abuse registry checks, and adult abuse registry checks from its registrants, as part of its annual registration renewal requirements. These three checks are referred to collectively as “suitability checks” because they help the CLPNM determine if its registrants are suitable for ongoing practise as members of the profession.
Each year, approximately 20% of Manitoba’s LPNs will required to submit the three suitability checks to be eligible to renew their registration for the following year. All LPNs can expect that they will be required to submit suitability checks at least once within a five-year cycle.
Suitability Check Results for 2019
In January 2019, 700 licensed practical nurses (LPN) were selected for this process. After accounting for LPNs who left the CLPNM register for a variety of reasons, 685 LPNs were required to submit suitability checks. As of December 1, 2019, 14 LPNs had yet to submit their suitability checks, and were therefore not eligible for the renewal of their registration for 2020.
None of the individuals selected for the process this past year were found to have an adult or child abuse registry record. However, the process identified ten LPNs registered with the CLPNM who had positive and/or adverse information located on their criminal records. Seven of the ten LPNs had previously disclosed their offence to the CLPNM and were not required to undergo a registration assessment.
The remaining three LPNs, based on the initial results of their suitability checks, were directed to undergo a registration assessment. However, upon receipt of additional information, it was determined that one LPN no longer required an in-depth registration assessment. Of the two remaining LPNs requiring a registration assessment, one LPN did not complete the requirements and, as a result, was not eligible to renew their registration for 2020.
Based on the outcome of the one registration assessment conducted, the involvement by the CLPNM’s Board of Directors was not deemed necessary. This individual matter was reviewed by the Executive Director and it was determined, based on the evidence provided, that this LPN’s prior conduct does not pose a current risk to the public.
Ultimately, nine of the ten LPNs identified during the suitability check process as having a positive and/or adverse criminal record were deemed eligible for ongoing registration in 2020.
Based on the above noted information, the vast majority of LPNs are ethical practitioners who are honest in their self-disclosures to the CLPNM. The CLPNM appreciates the participation of its registrants in this ongoing, routine process. It assists us in meeting our legislated duty to govern the profession in the best interest of the public and contributes to the public’s trust and confidence in the profession.