Fitness to Practise Committee

An important part of our work is accomplished through regulatory committees that are established to help fulfill our mandate of public protection. Our regulatory committees function at arm’s length from our day-to-day work and include volunteer nurses and members of the public who make objective decisions related to the registration and licensing, practice and conduct of nurses in Nova Scotia.    

The Fitness to Practise Committee determines whether a nurse is suffering from a medical, physical, mental or emotional condition, disorder or addiction that rendered the nurse unsafe to practice with competence or that endangers or may have endangered the health and safety of clients. 

If a panel of this committee determines this to be so, they must in a non-disciplinary manner determine what action may be necessary to protect the public when the nurse requests to return to nursing practice.

This committee must include at minimum 4 LPNs, 6 RNs, 3 NPs and 5 public representatives. Upon receipt of a referral, the Chair will appoint a panel of at least 3 Committee members to act as the Fitness to Practice Committee, including at least: 1 public representative, 1 registrant with the same designation as the designation of the respondent; and 1 other person as determined by the Chair. Click here for the procedure to select a panel.


Fitness to Practice Committee members are approved by the NSCN Board.  The current members are as follows:

  • Janet Armstrong LPN    
  • Amanda Billard RN    
  • Michele Blagdon RN    
  • Barbara Broom RN    
  • Tracy Brown (nee George) NP    
  • Lindsay Burke RN (Vice Chair)
  • Marian Casey RN    
  • Pieter de Bruijn
  • Cora Lee Dowding LPN    
  • Dana Fidgen RN    
  • Loretta Manning (Chair)
  • Tracey Polley LPN    
  • Jennifer Riis NP    
  • Gilles Robichaud RN    
  • Gail Robicheau LPN    
  • Kelly Rowlett
  • Joanne Zevenhuizen RN    


In the spirit of transparency, we publish the terms of reference for each of our committees. The terms provide an in-depth look at the work and requirements of the committee. Click here to open the Fitness to Practise Committee Terms of Reference. 

If you have any questions, reach out to us at

About Their Work

Learn more about this committee’s work by exploring: 

•    Participating in Fitness to Practise Process
•    Health Treatments
•    Transitioning Back to Practice