Learn about CNO Committees

Are you interested in contributing to regulatory processes that protect patients? You can make a difference by joining a CNO committee.

We are looking for RPNs, RNs and NPs to get involved in any of CNO’s five committees. 

These educational videos will help you decide if committee work is right for you. This playlist of six videos will take about 15 minutes to watch.

 

 

Committee descriptions

We are looking for nurses who

  • understand standards and how a nurse’s practice and behaviour impacts patient safety
  • can make decisions
  • can apply legal criteria (with legal counsel support) when making decisions
  • have experience protecting patients’ rights
  • act in their patients’ best interests
  • are committed to safety for patients and communities
  • have prior board or committee experience (for example, through professional experience or volunteerism)  
  • have excellent clear-writing skills

To work well on a College committee, you must be someone who

  • seeks understanding and communicates clearly
  • is self-aware and can manage emotions when faced with conflict
  • is helpful to others and able to build relationships
  • has unquestioned integrity
  • is able to develop and apply learning
  • has professional judgement and is a critical thinker
  • is comfortable using information technology and web-based applications (committee work is paperless):
    • to review material in an online format, and
    • to collaborate with other committee members on shared documents
    • is comfortable using MS Office applications

You will need to

  • comply with the Conduct By-Law for Council and committee members
  • participate in hearings, lasting from one to four days in a row. Expect to commit up to  three to five days every two months
  • participate in orientation and ongoing education
  • contribute to the discussion and decision-making at meetings and hearings

About the committee’s work

The committee holds public hearings, at which evidence is tabled. From the evidence, the committee decides whether a nurse is incompetent or has committed an act, or acts, of professional misconduct.

If so, it determines the appropriate action, including:

  • reprimanding a nurse
  • imposing terms, conditions and limitations on a nurse’s practice, or suspending a nurse
  • requiring a nurse to pay a fine
  • revoking a nurse’s registration

Following a hearing, the committee writes its decision and reasons.

Members of the committee may be asked to take on additional roles, such as pre-hearing Chair, panel Chair or decision writer. These roles involve additional time commitments.

The College

  • provides regulatory expertise and advice
  • delivers orientation, education and ongoing support
  • provides legal counsel to support the committee
  • schedules all meetings and hearings in advance
  • pays a daily honorarium and covers expenses

We are looking for nurses who

  • understand standards and how a nurse’s practice, behaviour and health impacts patient safety
  • can make decisions
  • can apply legal criteria (with the support of independent legal counsel) when making decisions
  • have experience in protecting patients’ rights
  • act in their patients’ best interests
  • are committed to safety for patients and communities
  • have prior board or committee experience (for example, through professional experience or volunteerism)
  • have excellent clear-writing skills

To work well on a College committee, you must be someone who

  • seeks understanding and communicates clearly
  • is self-aware and can manage emotions when faced with conflict
  • is helpful to others and able to build relationships
  • has unquestioned integrity
  • is able to develop and apply learning
  • has professional judgment and is a critical thinker
  • is comfortable using information technology and web-based applications (committee work is paperless):
    • to review material in an online format, and
    • to collaborate with other committee members on shared documents
  • is comfortable using MS Office applications

You will need to

  • comply with the Conduct By-Law for Council and committee members
  • participate in hearings, lasting one to two days, in Toronto about every two months
  • participate in teleconference meetings in an area that ensures confidentiality and no interruptions
  • carefully read large amounts of information about a nurse’s health
  • contribute to deliberations and decision-making
  • participate in orientation and ongoing education

About the committee’s work

The committee reviews and approves agreements between the College and a nurse about the actions the nurse will take to ensure their health condition does not affect client care. Where no agreement is possible, the committee conducts a hearing and reviews evidence and arguments presented by both sides. Fitness-to-practise hearings are not public.

From the evidence, the committee decides if a nurse has a health condition that could impact the nurse’s ability to practise safely and, if so, the appropriate action to take, including:

  • imposing terms, conditions and limitations on a nurse’s practice, or suspending a nurse
  • revoking a nurse’s registration

Following a hearing, the committee writes its decision and reasons. Members of the committee may be asked to take on additional roles, such as panel Chair or decision writer. These roles involve additional time commitments.

The College

  • provides regulatory expertise and advice
  • delivers orientation, education and ongoing support
  • provides legal counsel to support the committee
  • schedules all teleconferences and hearings in advance
  • pays a daily honorarium and covers expenses

We are looking for nurses who

  • understand standards and how a nurse’s practice, behaviour and health impacts patient safety
  • can make decisions
  • can apply legal criteria (with College support) when making decisions
  • have experience in protecting patients’ rights
  • act in their patients’ best interests
  • are committed to safety for patients and communities
  • have prior board or committee experience (for example, through professional experience or volunteerism)

 To work well on a College committee, you must be someone who

  • seeks understanding and communicates clearly
  • is self-aware and can manage emotions when faced with conflict
  • is helpful to others and able to build relationships
  • has unquestioned integrity
  • is able to develop and apply learning
  • has professional judgment and is a critical thinker
  • is comfortable using information technology and web-based applications to review material in an online format (committee work is paperless)

You will need to

  • comply with the Conduct By-Law for Council and committee members
  • attend full-day meetings in Toronto once a month
  • attend teleconference calls as needed in an area that ensures confidentiality and no interruptions
  • carefully read large amounts of information about complaints and reports before each meeting (expect to spend two to three days preparing for each meeting)
  • contribute to the discussion and decision-making at meetings
  • participate in orientation and ongoing education.

About the committee’s work

The committee reviews complaints and reports about nurses, and uses legal criteria to determine how to respond. This may include:

  • investigating a complaint or report
  • approving an alternate dispute resolution agreed to by the person who complained, the nurse and the College
  • requiring a nurse to participate in remediation, such as an oral caution or continued education
  • requiring a nurse to undergo a health assessment to determine if they have a health condition that impacts their ability to practise nursing safely
  • imposing terms, conditions or limitations on a nurse’s certificate of registration
  • suspending a nurse’s certificate of registration 
  • referring specified concerns to the appropriate adjudicative committee (Discipline or Fitness to Practise)

The College

  • provides regulatory expertise and advice
  • delivers orientation, education and ongoing support
  • schedules all meetings in advance
  • pays a daily honorarium and covers expenses.

We are looking for nurses who

  • understand standards and how a nurse’s practice and behaviour impacts patient safety
  • can make decisions
  • can apply legal criteria (with College support) when making decisions
  • have experience in protecting patients’ rights
  • act in their patients’ best interests
  • are committed to safety for patients and communities
  • have prior board or committee experience (for example, through professional experience or volunteerism)  

To work well on a College committee, you must be someone who

  • seeks understanding and communicates clearly
  • is self-aware and can manage emotions when faced with conflict
  • is helpful to others and able to build relationships
  • has unquestioned integrity
  • is able to develop and apply learning
  • has professional judgement and is a critical thinker
  • is comfortable using information technology and web-based applications to review material in an online format (committee work is paperless)

You will need to

  • comply with the Conduct By-Law for Council and committee members
  • participate in full-day meetings in Toronto once or twice per year
  • attend two- to three-hour teleconference calls every other month in an area that ensures confidentiality and no interruptions
  • carefully read and consider assessments of nurses’ practice prior to each teleconference (expect to spend two hours preparing for each teleconference)
  • contribute to the discussion and decision-making at meetings
  • participate in orientation and ongoing education

About the committee’s work

The committeeconsiders assessments of nurses’ practice and determines if they nurse demonstrates satisfactory professional knowledge, skill and judgement. If it finds practice inadequacies, the committee:

  • requires nurses to address these inadequacies through specific actions (for example, continuing education)
  • imposes terms, conditions and limitations on a nurse’s practice if the nurse demonstrates unsatisfactory knowledge, skill or judgement, or fails to complete the action to address these
  • refers serious concerns about a nurse’s conduct, competence or capacity to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

The College

  • provides regulatory expertise and advice
  • delivers orientation, education and ongoing support
  • schedules all meetings in advance
  • pays a daily honorarium and covers expenses

We are looking for nurses who

  • understand standards and how a nurse’s practice and behaviour impacts patient safety
  • understand the post-secondary educational system and its relationship to the College’s registration processes
  • can make decisions
  • can apply legal criteria (with College support) when making decisions
  • work with diverse populations
  • have experience in protecting patients’ rights
  • act in their patients’ best interests
  • are committed to safety for patients and communities
  • have prior board or committee experience (for example, through professional experience or volunteerism)

To work well on a College committee, you must be someone who

  • seeks understanding and communicates clearly
  • is self-aware and can manage emotions when faced with conflict
  • is helpful to others and able to build relationships
  • has unquestioned integrity
  • is able to develop and apply learning
  • has professional judgement and is a critical thinker
  • is comfortable using information technology and web-based applications to review material in an online format (committee work is paperless)

You will need to

  • comply with the Conduct By-Law for Council and committee members
  • attend full-day meetings in Toronto every other month
  • carefully read large amounts of information about applicants (expect to spend one to two days preparing for each meeting)
  • contribute to the discussion and decision-making at meetings
  • participate in orientation and ongoing education

About the committee’s work

The Registration Committee reviews applications from people who want to become nurses in Ontario, and determines if the evidence provided by applicants meets registration requirements. The committee uses evidence and applies legal criteria to decide if an applicant:

  • can be registered
  • must complete an exam or additional education to be registered
  • can be registered with terms, limits or conditions
  • cannot be registered

The College

  • provides regulatory expertise and advice
  • delivers orientation, education and ongoing support
  • schedules all meetings in advance
  • pays a daily honorarium and covers expenses
Page last reviewed October 01, 2019