Matters related to the conduct, competence and/or capacity of practical nurses may be referred to the CLPNM’s Discipline Committee following a review and investigation by the Investigation Committee.

Within 30 days of receiving a referral from the Investigation Committee, the Chair of the Discipline Committee will establish a panel to hold a hearing. For more information about the Discipline Committee process, please refer to section 32 of The Licensed Practical Nurses Act (the Act).

Findings of the Discipline Panel

If, at the conclusion of a hearing, the panel finds that the practical nurse:

  • is guilty of professional misconduct
  • has contravened the Act or its regulations, the by-laws of the CLPNM, or the standards of the profession
  • has been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to the registrant’s suitability to practise
  • has displayed a lack of knowledge or lack of skill or judgment in the practise of practical nursing
  • has demonstrated an incapacity or unfitness to practise practical nursing
  • is suffering from an ailment that might, if the registrant continues to practise, constitute a danger to the public, and/or
  • is guilty of conduct unbecoming a nurse

it may:

  • reprimand the practical nurse
  • suspend or place conditions on the practical nurse’s authorization to practise
  • enter into an agreement to limit the nurse’s practice
  • direct the nurse to pay any costs incurred by the CLPNM associated with the complaint process, including costs incurred by the CLPNM for monitoring compliance with decisions,
  • direct the practical nurse to waive, reduce or repay money
  • order counselling or treatment, and require the nurse to satisfy the CLPNM of their participation in the counselling or treatment, and/or
  • cancel the practical nurse’s registration.

Discipline Decisions

Past discipline cases are removed from the CLPNM website once the time limit established in The Licensed Practical Nurses Act has been exceeded. Most complaints are addressed at the Investigation Committee level, without a referral to discipline, through remedial approaches. For a summary of Investigation Committee cases and decisions, please review the reports available here.