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 NP
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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