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Protect the Public

Assessing concerns about the conduct and competence of nurses is one of the ways the College of Nurses of Ontario works to protect the public. Most matters are resolved through remediation and resolution processes.

The College also responds to concerns that a nurse's physical or mental health is affecting, or could affect, their ability to practise nursing. In these situations, after a full assessment of the nurse's health, the College may recommend terms, conditions or limitations on the nurse’s ability to practise nursing while the nurse completes prescribed actions.  

This section provides information and resources to help health professionals, nurse employers and members of the public understand and participate in the College's enforcement processes.

  • Make a Complaint

    Information for members of the public who wish to register a concern about a nurse's conduct.

  • File a Report

    How employers, facility operators and health professionals can report nurses for misconduct, incompetence, incapacity or sexual abuse.

  • Confirm a Nurse’s Status

    Resources to help determine whether an individual is registered with the College to practise nursing in Ontario, and whether a nurse is entitled to practise with no restrictions.

  • Discipline Decisions

    Results of past public discipline hearings held by the College's Discipline Committee.

  • Discipline Hearings

    Schedule of upcoming discipline hearings and information on how to attending a hearing.

  • Unregistered Practitioners

    A list of individuals known to the College who have illegally sought employment as a nurse, or illegally held themselves out as a nurse, in Ontario.

  • Health Professional Corporation

    If you are a self-employed nurse in independent practice, you have options for incorporating your own business. These include registering your business with the Ontario or federal government, or both. As a nurse, you also have the option of setting up a Health Professional Corporation with...

  • Sexual Abuse of Patients

    Sexual relations between a nurse and patient are always unethical and abusive, and are considered a serious breach of trust. The law recognizes the significant harm that results from the sexual abuse of a patient by a health care professional.

  • Employer Resources

    Employers of nurses have an important role in nursing regulation by working with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) to serve and protect the public’s right to safe and ethical nursing care. This section provides supporting information and resources for employers about CNO’s investigation,...

  • Code of Conduct for Nurses

    The College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) has published a new Code of Conduct (Code) for the nursing profession. The Code explains to the public the behaviour and conduct to expect from a nurse when receiving care. It also informs nurses of the standard of practice they are professionally accountable...

Page last reviewed July 18, 2019