Decision

Once the investigation is complete and the LPN has the opportunity to provide an informed response, the Inquiry Committee reviews all of the information to determine how best to resolve the complaint in the public interest and within the authority provided by the Health Professions Act

The Inquiry Committee assesses and weighs risk to public safety and makes decisions based on a number of factors, such as:      

  • Whether the LPN demonstrates accountability and responsibility at the time of the incident and/or during the investigation
  • Whether the LPN demonstrates honesty and integrity during the investigation
  • The seriousness of the complaint received
  • The LPN’s past related conduct
  • Whether the public was harmed as a result of the LPN’s impaired, incompetent or unprofessional conduct
  • Whether the LPN practised while impaired
  • If no harm is identified, whether the LPN’s lack of competence, unethical conduct, or impaired practise was likely to cause harm
  • Whether the LPN voluntarily removed himself/herself from practice, or extraordinary action was taken by the Inquiry Committee
  • The level of harm identified (e.g., short-term or long-term harm, impact to client’s health, death of client in care)
  • Whether the health condition causing impairment in practice has been resolved or effectively managed

Possible outcomes

The Inquiry Committee may do one of the following in response to the investigation:
  1. Take no further action if the investigation revealed the matter is frivolous, vexatious or was made in bad faith, or the registrant’s conduct was satisfactory. 
  2. Take any action appropriate to resolve the matter between the complainant and registrant, such as mediation.
  3. Request the registrant enter into a Consensual Agreement, which may include one or more of the following:
    • Acknowledgement that he or she did not uphold the Standards of Practice 
    • Consent to a reprimand
    • Undertaking not to repeat the conduct
    • Undertaking to complete educational courses to remediate the concerns
    • Undertaking to participate in consultations with CLPNBC for the purpose of reviewing the Standards of Practice and improving practice
    • Undertaking to comply with the terms of the Agreement
    • Consent to limits/conditions on the registrant’s practice pending completion of required education, or a period of medical monitoring 
    • Consent to a suspension
    • Compliance monitoring until the conduct/competence has been successfully remediated, or until the health condition is stable
    • Other action as required by the Committee  
  4. Defer to the Discipline Committee if the Inquiry Committee’s authority is not sufficient, if remediation would not adequately protect the public, or if the registrant does not agree with the Inquiry Committee’s proposed Consensual Agreement. 

The Inquiry Committee will then inform the complainant and the registrant of its decision and the reasons for the decision.