Make a Complaint

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is responsible for managing complaints against Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) under the authority of the Health Professions Act (HPA).

Anyone can file a complaint with the CLPNA’s complaints department if they have concerns about an LPN’s conduct. Please see Complaints Process for more information about the steps involved.

For employers and regulated health professionals including LPNs, mandatory reporting is required.

Employers reporting in accordance with s. 57 of the HPA may submit their complaint using the Complaint Form for Employers. Patients, patient representatives, co-workers, and other members of the public may submit their complaint using the Complaint Form for the Public.

Please select one of the following methods to submit your complaint:

1. Complete and submit the relevant complaint form.

Complaint Form for Employers

Complaint Form for the Public


2. Submit a letter, which must:

  • be in writing.
  • indicate the LPN’s name (if known).
  • indicate the issue/reason for the complaint:
    • the details of the event that led to the complaint (including “who, what, when, where, why, and how”);
    • include date(s) (if known);
    • the names of any persons involved (if known); and
    • any other relevant information for the complaint.
  • be signed and dated.
  • include your contact information.

Anonymous complaints will not be accepted.

NOTE: The LPN will receive a copy of your complaint.

Please submit the completed form or signed letter to CLPNA via mail, email, or fax to:

Complaints Director
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
St. Albert Trail Place
13163 146 Street
Edmonton AB T5L 4S8

Email the CLPNA Complaints Department
Fax 780.484.9069

For more on the complaints process and how it applies in individual situations, contact Ask CLPNA, or call 780-484-8886 or 1-800-661-5877 (toll free in Alberta).

A complaint is a written and signed submission alleging that an LPN engaged in unprofessional conduct. This means that the LPN failed to meet the CLPNA’s Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice, or other legislation which guides the profession.

To learn more, watch our educational video: What Is a Complaint?

Examples of unprofessional conduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Nursing practice and competency concerns
  • Patient neglect/abuse (verbal, physical, emotional)
  • Sexual abuse/sexual misconduct
  • Abandonment of care
  • Medication administration errors
  • Patient safety concerns
  • Breach of privacy/confidentiality
  • Theft/fraud/deceit
  • Conflict of interest
  • Boundary concerns – inappropriate relationship
  • Co-worker harassment/bullying

The CLPNA is responsible for managing the types of complaints described in the HPA. Our role is public protection and is separate from any employment or union processes that may take place.

Examples of complaints that are not within the CLPNA’s jurisdiction include:

  • employment or labour relations difficulties,
  • organizational or societal issues,
  • complaints about other regulated health care professionals (please contact that profession’s regulatory college),
  • complaints about former members (over two years since registration cancelled), and
  • complaints about a facility’s administrative processes.

Mandatory Reporting

To learn more, watch our educational video: Mandatory Reporting.

LPNs are responsible for reporting the following during the registration process and throughout the year as necessary:

  • Whether they are under investigation, the subject of a proceeding, or have been disciplined by another regulatory or legislative body (i.e., Protection for Persons in Care).
  • Whether they have been charged or have pleaded guilty or been found guilty of a criminal offence for which a pardon has not been granted.
  • Whether they have any physical or mental condition or disorder that may impair the ability to provide safe, competent, and ethical care, and whether they are under medical care and following medical advice.

Employers have a legal duty to report an LPN’s unprofessional conduct pursuant to Section 57(1) of the Health Professions Act:

“If, because of conduct that in the opinion of the employer is unprofessional conduct, the employment of a regulated member is terminated or suspended or the regulated member resigns, the employer must, as soon as reasonably possible, give notice of that conduct to the complaints director.”

LPNs have a duty to report unsafe practice, abusive behaviour, incapacity, or other unprofessional conduct that extends beyond your own personal practice. This would include reporting to the appropriate authority such as an employer, regulatory body, or external authority if unethical or incompetent care by another care provider is suspected.

If your complaint is concerning patient abuse of a vulnerable adult, you should submit a complaint to the CLPNA and also submit a report to Protection for Persons in Care (PPC).