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The following defines the various decisions and licencing sanctions that can be imposed by a professional conduct committee.


Counsels and/or Cautions

A Complaints Committee may issue a counsel and/or a caution, which are not considered disciplinary findings. A counsel is issued when the nurse could benefit from professional guidance from CRNNS but their actions don’t constitute professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming the profession, incompetence or incapacity. A caution is issued when the nurse has breached the standards of professional ethics or practice expected, but in a manner that does not constitute professional misconduct, conduct unbecoming, incompetence or incapacity.

Reprimands

A reprimand is considered a licensing sanction (previously referred to as a “disciplinary finding”). The Complaints Committee may only issue a reprimand if the nurse consents. A Professional Conduct Committee may impose a reprimand following a hearing and a determination that the nurse engaged in professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and/or incapacity. A reprimand becomes part of the nurse’s permanent record at CRNNS.

Conditions and Restrictions

Conditions and/or restrictions can be placed on a nurse’s licence and are considered a licencing sanction (previously referred to as a “disciplinary finding”). The Complaints Committee may only impose conditions/restrictions with the consent of the nurse. A Professional Conduct Committee may impose conditions/restrictions following a hearing and a determination that the nurse engaged in professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and/or incapacity.

Conditions require the nurse to complete certain actions (i.e.: complete an education course). A restriction restricts the nurse’s licence in some form as long as the restriction remains on the nurse’s licence (i.e. a nurse may be restricted from practicing in an emergency room).

Conditions/restrictions become part of the nurse’s permanent record at CRNNS, but are removed from the current status of his/her licence when they are completed or lifted by a Committee order.

Suspension

A suspension means the nurse is unable to practise nursing until the suspension is lifted from her/his licence. A Complaints Committee may only issue temporary suspension until the complaint is resolved. A Professional Conduct Committee may impose a suspension following a hearing and a determination that the nurse engaged in professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and/or incapacity. A suspension imposed by the Professional Conduct Committee is considered a licencing sanction (previously referred to as a “disciplinary finding”) and become part of the nurse’s permanent record at CRNNS.

Revocation

A revocation means the nurse’s licence to practise nursing and/or their membership at CRNNS is taken away from the nurse. This means the person can no longer practise nursing or refer to themselves as a nurse. Only a Professional Conduct Committee may impose a revocation following a hearing and determining that the nurse engaged in professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and/or incapacity. A revocation may be permanent (in that the person will never be permitted to apply for a licence at CRNNS again) or may permit a nurse to reapply for membership and licensure after a minimum of two years. A revocation imposed by the Professional Conduct Committee is considered a licencing sanction (previously referred to as a “disciplinary finding”) and become part of the nurse’s permanent record at CRNNS.

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