Conduct unbecoming is defined in legislation as, “conduct in a member’s personal or private capacity that tends to bring discredit upon the nursing profession”. This includes behavior in one’s private or personal life which is clearly inconsistent with the standard of integrity and professionalism expected of a registered nurse. Such conduct may reflect adversely on the nursing profession as a whole. If the conduct is such that knowledge of it would be likely to impair future clients’ trust in the nurse, CRNNS may be justified in taking disciplinary action.
Generally speaking however, CRNNS will not be concerned with the purely private or extra-professional activities of a nurse which do not bring into question the nurse’s professional integrity or competence.
Some examples of behaviour, which could be categorized as conduct unbecoming are described below:
As member of the nursing profession, we are viewed as one of the most trusted professions, as people look to RNs for support and advice both inside and outside the workplace. You may feel that what you do in your personal life outside of work hours is your own business and it is; however, we encourage you to think about how your behaviour and actions affect how you are viewed as a professional.
If you need help navigating a situation related to this topic, or you have questions about how actions outside of work can affect you as a professional RN, we encourage you to contact a CRNNS Practice Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Given name(s): Nicola Ann
Last name: Aaronson
Former name(s): Smith
CRNNS number: 12345
Type of licence: Nurse Practitioner
Status of Licence: Active Practising
Start Date: November 1 2014
Expiry Date: October 31 2015
Current Conditions and Restrictions: This nurse is not able to...
Licence Status Notes: (Text Field)
Date of initial entry on the register: January 1, 1970
Date of removal from the register:
Registraton Status Notes: (Text Field)
Date of re-entry on the register:
NP Practice Category: Family
Collaborative Practice Effective Date: January 31, 2012
Dartmouth General Hospital
330 Main Street