Professional Conduct Review

Professional Conduct Review (PCR), in accordance with the Licensed Practical Nurses Act (2005) and Regulations (2011), is the process that CLPNNL uses to manage allegations it receives about the practice and/or conduct of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) that may:

  1. affect the safety of the public;
  2. damage the public's trust in the profession; and/or
  3. negatively impact the integrity of the profession.

Once we receive a signed letter of allegation that outlines the issue/concern pertaining to the conduct of a LPN the PCR process begins. The nature of the concerns and the assessment of the risk to the public determine how an allegation moves through the PCR process.

How to Submit an Allegation Pertaining to a LPN

In order for the letter of allegation to be accepted, it must:

  1. be in writing;
  2. indicate the LPN’s name;
  3. indicate the issue/reason for the allegation;
  4. be signed by the complainant; and
  5. include your contact information.

In addition, please state your specific concerns and provide in writing the details of the event which led to the allegation. In general, your allegation should include the basic information of “who, what, when, where, why and how" and should include dates, the names of any persons involved, and any other information relevant to the allegation. 

If you have any supporting documentation, please provide copies. Anonymous allegations will not be accepted.

For more information about the PCR process click on the links below.

Licensed Practical Nurses Act (2005)

http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/annualstatutes/2005/L12-1.c05.htm

Licensed Practical Nurses Regulations (2011)

https://www.assembly.nl.ca/Legislation/sr/regulations/rc110002.htm

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for LPNs

Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics for LPNs

Professional Conduct Review Brochure

PCR_Brochure_Oct_2018.pdf

Professional Conduct Review Flow Chart

PCR_Flow_Chart_Oct_2018.pdf

 

For additional information about the PCR Process please contact:


Wanda Wadman, RN, BAA(N), MN                                                     
Chief Executive Officer/Registrar                                                           
e-mail: wwadman@clpnnl.ca                                                                 
Telephone: 709-579-3843                                                                                                                                             
Fax: 709-579-3095       

                                                                         

Dena Lake, LPN, BA                                                      
Regulatory Officer                                                           
e-mail: dlake@clpnnl.ca                                                                 
Telephone: 709-579-3843 ext. 204                                                                                                                                             
Fax: 709-579-3095                                                                                 

 

Professional Conduct Review - Notifications

The Licensed Practical Nurses Act (2005) section16(1) gives the CLPNNL Registrar the authority to attempt to resolve an allegation where it appears it may be resolved satisfactorily. The CLPNNL Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Policy outlines the process undertaken by the Registrar in the development and execution of an ADR to resolve the allegation. Where the allegation is not satisfactorily resolved by the Registrar, the allegation will be referred to the Complaints Authorization Committee (CAC). Additionally, section 17(1)(a) indicates that an allegation that has been referred to the CAC may be referred back to the Registrar for ADR and/or investigation.

The following notifications are provided in accordance with the CLPNNL Board policy Notification in the Professional Conduct Review (PCR) Process approved December 2019.

 

 

In a decision dated July 31, 2020, the CAC dismissed an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer. The allegation related to issues of alleged inappropriate medication administration by the LPN. The CAC found that there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the LPN had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction.

 

On July 28, 2020, the CLPNNL Registrar resolved an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer. The allegation related to the failure of the LPN to report an incident of inappropriate workplace behaviour by another health care professional, constituting a failure by that other health care professional to treat colleagues and clients with dignity and respect.  There was no allegation of any other harm to a client due to the incident or the alleged failure to report. The LPN was required to complete remedial education targeting professional accountability and duty to report. Additionally, the LPN was required to meet with the CLPNNL Practice Consultant to discuss CLPNNL’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics; What it means to be a Professional; Accountability; as well as the Duty to Report and the Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationship.  Finally, the LPN submitted an essay reflecting on the insight gained from the education provided and the importance of professional accountability to one’s nursing practice.

 

On May 22, 2020 the CLPNNL Registrar resolved an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer. The allegation related to the failure of the LPN to report an incident of inappropriate workplace behaviour by another health care professional, constituting a failure by that other health care professional to treat colleagues and clients with dignity and respect.  There was no allegation of any other harm to a client due to the incident or the alleged failure to report. The LPN was required to complete remedial education targeting professional accountability and duty to report. Additionally, the LPN was required to meet with the CLPNNL Practice Consultant to discuss CLPNNL’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics; What it means to be a Professional; Accountability; as well as the Duty to Report and the Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationship.  Finally, the LPN submitted an essay reflecting on the insight gained from the education provided and the importance of professional accountability to one’s nursing practice.

 

On May 22, 2020 the CLPNNL Registrar resolved an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer. The allegation related to the failure of the LPN to report an incident of inappropriate workplace behaviour by another health care professional, constituting a failure by that other health care professional to treat colleagues and clients with dignity and respect. There was no allegation of any other harm to a client due to the alleged failure to report.  The LPN was required to complete remedial education targeting professional accountability and duty to report. Additionally, the LPN was required to meet with the CLPNNL Practice Consultant to discuss CLPNNL’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics; What it means to be a Professional; Accountability; as well as the Duty to Report and the Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationship.  Finally, the LPN submitted an essay reflecting on the insight gained from the education provided and the importance of professional accountability to one’s nursing practice.

 

In a decision dated May 11, 2020, the Complaints Authorization Committee dismissed an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer and it was alleged that the LPN refused to cooperate in a staffing issue in the workplace. After careful consideration by the CAC it was determined that the matter did not raise an issue of professional misconduct and therefore fell outside of the mandate of CLPNNL. The CAC found that there were no reasonable grounds to believe that the LPN had engaged in conduct deserving of sanction.

 

On April 20, 2020, the CLPNNL Registrar resolved an allegation filed against a LPN. The Complainant was the LPN’s employer. The allegation involved inappropriate workplace behaviour by the LPN and breach of the integrity of a professional nurse-client relationship by the LPN, constituting a failure by the LPN to treat colleagues and clients with dignity and respect. There was no allegation of any other harm to a client due to the alleged failure to report. The LPN was required to complete extensive remedial education targeting the professional accountability, the nurse-client relationship and the importance of a professional behaving in a manner that upholds the integrity of the nursing profession. As part of the resolution process, there was extensive education assigned to the LPN that reinforced the CLPNNL Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, Professional Boundaries, Jurisprudence and Professional Accountability. Additionally, the LPN was required to meet with the CLPNNL Practice Consultant to review the remediation assigned as well as to discuss the importance of the nurse-client relationship and the implications of such improper conduct, if it were to be repeated, for future practice. Finally, the LPN submitted an essay reflecting on the lessons learned from the incident and remedial education provided.