We are lawyers for nurses and have extensive experience defending Registered Nurses (“RNs”), Registered Practical Nurses (“RPNs”), and Nurse Practitioners (“NPs”) facing regulatory issues at the College of Nurses of Ontario (“CNO”).
How We Assist Nurses
Our team of defence lawyers for nurses works with RNs, RPNs, and NPs on matters such as:
- Responding to various inquiries at the College of Nurses of Ontario, including drafting responses to patient complaints, which are reviewed by the CNO’s Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee (“ICRC”);
- Defending nurses at CNO discipline hearings;
- Assisting nurses in CNO registration applications;
- Representing RNs, RPNs, or NPs in CNO appeals before the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“HPARB”) (e.g. where a decision of the ICRC has been made);
- Advising RNs, RPNs, or NPs on issues related to the Regulated Health Professions Act and the Nursing Act, 1991;
- Assisting with CNO fitness to practice matters;
- Reporting past history, including criminal charges and findings of guilt, to the College of Nurses of Ontario; and
- Advising RNs, RPNs or NPs on other practice issues that may arise, including employment and contractual issues, working with unregulated health care workers, entry-to-practice competencies, and confidentiality and privacy issues.