An Orientation to Discipline Hearings
Discipline hearings are conducted by a panel consisting of at least three members of the Discipline Committee. The Registered Nurses Act and College Bylaws govern discipline hearings. Hearings are held following the investigation of a complaint against an RN and are used to determine if the RN is guilty of an offence as charged.
Discipline hearings are held at the College unless a different venue is indicated in the public notice of hearing. Hearings begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. Latecomers will be seated during breaks in the hearing at the discretion of the Manager of Professional Conduct.
Dates of hearings are subject to change at any time. If you are scheduled to attend a hearing please confirm whether dates have changed by checking the upcoming hearing listing before coming to the College.
Visitors, including members of the media, are prohibited from carrying into, or using while inside the discipline hearing room, any audio/visual equipment including video cameras, still photography equipment, laptop computers, smart phones and tape recorders.
Members of the media are prohibited from reporting anything that would identify the investigated member, including the member's name or location of practice, unless and until the panel makes a finding under section 42 of the Registered Nurses Act.
If the discipline panel believes that the hearing, or part of the hearing, should be closed to the public, it may make orders it considers necessary to prevent the public disclosure of matters disclosed at the hearing, including orders banning the publication or broadcasting of those matters.