April 2021

16 new nurses fill committee positions

This year, despite the challenges many nurses are facing with the pandemic, 65 nurses expressed an interest in participating in CNO’s statutory committees. Thanks to this great response, we were able to fill all the vacancies — a total of 16 positions across various committees.

Each year, CNO’s Council appoints RPNs, RNs and NPs to committees. Statutory committees, such as Discipline; Fitness to Practise; Inquiries, Complaints and Reports; Quality Assurance; and Registration, are critical to CNO’s purpose of protecting the public by promoting safe nursing practice. Nurses and public members on committees collaborate to make key decisions that affect patient safety, such as whether a person is qualified to practice nursing in Ontario.

Candidates are assessed using the competencies and attributes required for participation in statutory committees. The needs of specific committees are also considered. Our goal is to identify nurses who demonstrate a commitment to acting in patients’ best interest and who understand how nurses’ practice, behaviour and health can affect patient safety. Unfortunately, due to the limited number of vacancies on committees, not all qualified candidates could be appointed.

We hope you will continue to be interested in participating in nursing regulation. Learn more about CNO’s statutory committees, including the competencies and attributes required for committee service.

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