Professional Conduct 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 Professional Conduct Committee conducts formal hearings into the allegations referred by the Complaints Committee. For each matter, a panel hears evidence to determine whether one or more of the allegations against a nurse can be proven true, and if so, whether such proof amounts to a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence, incapacity and/or conduct unbecoming the profession.

This committee must include at minimum 8 LPNs, 12 RNs, 4 NPs and 8 public representatives. Upon receipt of a referral, the Chair will appoint a panel of at least 3 Committee members to act as the Professional Conduct 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.


Professional Conduct Committee members are approved by the NSCN Board.  The current members are as follows:

  • Brian Smith (Chair)
  • Sandra Beumer RN
  • Anne Burgess LPN
  • Trudy Campbell RN
  • Jennifer Carr LPN
  • Kim Clark RN 
  • David Coles
  • Amanda d’Entremont
  • Cheryl Ernst LPN
  • Kymberly Franklin
  • Kelli Lynn Goudey LPN 
  • Agniezka Grabowska-Comeau RN
  • Ethel Gunn RN
  • Linda Hale RN
  • Linda Hutchins RN
  • Susan Johnson RN 
  • Kim Lamarche NP
  • Nancy Luedee LPN
  • Jennifer MacDougall RN
  • Theresa MacNeil RN
  • Loretta Manning
  • John McNeil
  • Wendy Miles RN
  • Aprill Negus NP
  • Tracy Polley LPN
  • Caroline Power RN
  • Vanessa Quigley RN
  • Jennifer Riis NP
  • Elaine Rivers
  • Gail Robicheau LPN
  • Jennifer Ross (Vice Chair)
  • David Samson
  • Marcy Saxe-Braithwaite RN
  • Vivian Starkley LPN
  • Debra Theriault RN
  • Deb Vanderwater 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 Professional Conduct Committee Terms of Reference

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