Overview of the Professional Conduct Review Process
The professional conduct review process is a key component of CRNPEI's legisaltive mandate to protect the public. Section 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) gives authority for the appointment of a Professional Conduct Review (PCR) Committee to investigate and deal with complaints against nurse members. Section 36 of the RHPA authorizes any person to file a complaint against a CRNPEI member. Such complaints refer to allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapability or lack of fitness to practice by a member, but the complaint need not refer specifically to any of these phrases. The disciplinary process can be found in Part VI of the RHPA.
What is professional misconduct?
Professional misconduct is defined in Section 57 of the RHPA and includes:
- Doing any act that contravenes the RHP Act or the CRNPEI regulations, standards of practice or code of ethics
- Found guilty of an offense that relates to the member's suitability to practice nursing
- Refusal to cooperate fully in respect of an investigation or hearing of a complaint
- Contravention of an order made under the RHP Act
- Engaging in the practice of an RN or NP while suspended
- Disclosing information without proper authorization or consent
- Falsifying or concealing records directly or indirectly related to the provision of health services
- Abusing a person verbally, physically, emotionally or sexually
What is Professional Incompetence?
Professional incompetence is defined in Section 57(2) of the RHPA and includes an act or omission of the member that:
- Demonstrates a lack of knowledge, skill or judgement
- Demonstrates disregard for the safety and welfare of a client
- Inability to practice in accordance with the CRNPEI standards for any reason including impairment by illness, addiction or other incapacity