Complaints regarding the conduct of a Licensed Practical Nurse received by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) are processed by the framework outlined in Part IV of the Health Professions Act.
A Disciplinary Hearing is a formal legal process used to resolve complaints received by CLPNA against Investigated Members.
Once the investigation is complete, an investigation report is submitted to the Complaints Director for review. The Complaints Director will consider if there is sufficient evidence of “unprofessional conduct” as it is defined in Section 1(1)(pp) of the Health Professions Act (HPA). The evidence will be reviewed to determine if the conduct was unprofessional by the display of a lack of knowledge or skill or judgment in the provision of professional services, was in contravention of the HPA, the CLPNA’s Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice, other relevant legislation; or engaged in conduct that harms the integrity of the regulated profession.
After reviewing the investigation report and the Complaints Director determines there is sufficient evidence of unprofessional conduct, the matter may be referred to the Hearings Director to schedule a Disciplinary Hearing before the Hearing Tribunal.
A Disciplinary Hearing is a formal legal process used to resolve complaints received by CLPNA against Investigated Members. The Investigated Member must appear, may be compelled to testify and may be represented by counsel before the Hearing Tribunal pursuant to s. 72 (1) of the HPA.
In accordance with s. 78 of the Health Professions Act, the Hearing will be open to the public unless the Hearing Tribunal accepts a motion or application to close it. Due to limited seating, pre-register to attend by contacting the Bonnie McEwen, Hearings Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta), or 780-484-8886.
All Hearing Tribunal written decisions will be published on the CLPNA website.