About Find a Nurse

The register to confirm that a nurse is eligible to practise in Ontario.

Find a Nurse is an easy-to-use online register that provides information to the public about nurses in Ontario. It contains information about a nurse’s business address, a nurse’s ability to practise in Ontario, restrictions on their practice, and other information the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) is required to maintain.

For more details about the information you will find here and how it may be used, please see the Terms of Use.

General Types of Information

General

This section contains general information about a nurse’s current status. It indicates whether the nurse is entitled to practise and if there are any restrictions on the nurse’s practice.

The section includes the nurse’s current name (and former name if there is one), category and class of registration, registration number, membership status, and date of initial registration. It also identifies specialty certificates for Nurse Practitioners (NPs).

In Ontario, there are two categories of nurses: Registered Nurse (RN) and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN). A nurse can be both an RN and RPN.

The General section also includes the following information about health profession corporations: name; status; the date when the College issued it a certificate of authorization; and contact information.

Registration History

All information about the nurse’s membership with CNO, including all changes to the nurse’s category, class and membership status.

Practice Information

Any information CNO is required to post. This includes current practice restrictions, results of past discipline hearings and any other information required to be posted.

If there is information under this section, one or more of the following headings will appear:

  1. Reasons Why This Nurse is Not Entitled to Practise

    This section includes details about why the nurse cannot practise.

    A nurse may not be entitled to practice because:

    • a CNO committee orders it
    • the nurse voluntarily agrees to it with CNO
    • the category, class or status of the nurse’s certificate of registration does not permit it

  2. Current Practice Restrictions

    This section includes details about restrictions on the nurse’s practice. Restrictions appear on the nurse’s certificate of registration when a CNO committee orders it, or when the nurse tells CNO that they will comply with certain terms.

    Restrictions can also result from different registration certificate classes (such as Extended, Temporary or Special Assignment). For example, an NP may not be able to prescribe controlled substances because they have not completed the appropriate education or because Health Canada has informed pharmacists or pharmaceutical companies they cannot do this. If there is a Health Canada Notice restriction, there will be a link to the Health Canada Notice.

  3. Current Voluntary Practice Restrictions

    This section includes details about voluntary restrictions. This means that the nurse has voluntarily agreed to restrictions on their certificate of registration.

  4. CNO Hearings Pending

    The nurse has been referred for a hearing before CNO’s Discipline or Fitness to Practise Committee. The Register includes the date of the referral and the name of the committee. Referrals to the Discipline Committee also include:

    • a summary of allegations against the nurse
    • any scheduled CNO hearing dates
    • a link to the full Notice of Hearing document, containing dates, locations and times of the nurse’s disciplinary hearing, allegations against the nurse and possible penalties that can be imposed
    • status of hearings

  5. Results of Past CNO Hearings

    The College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) refers a nurse to the Discipline Committee for a hearing when the nature of the alleged professional misconduct and/or incompetence is serious.

    When a panel makes a finding of professional misconduct and/or incompetence, they can revoke or suspend a nurse’s certificate of registration, and/or impose specific terms, conditions and/or limitations on it for a period of time. This section lists the date of the decision, a summary of the results, the date when the decision was published in CNO’s magazine, The Standard (when applicable), and a link to the full decision. The Standard has been available on CNO’s website since 2014.

  6. Cautions

    This means the nurse has been required to appear before a panel of CNO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee to hear concerns about the nurse’s practice. The goal is to improve the nurse’s practice.

  7. Remedial Activities

    The nurse is required to complete education activities that the ICRC orders. The goal is to improve the nurse's practice. The activities are outlined in a Specified Continuing Education and Remediation Program (SCERP) order.

  8. Charges

    The nurse has been charged with an offence under the law and the charges are considered relevant to the nurse’s practice. The charges have not yet been proven in a court of law.

  9. Restrictions Imposed by a Court

    The nurse has been charged with an offence under the law, and the court has placed restrictions, such as bail conditions, on the nurse. The restrictions will remain in place until the court removes them. These restrictions are posted on the Register if they relate to, or affect, the nurse’s practice.

  10. Findings of Guilt

    A court of law has found the nurse guilty of an offence under the law. The findings may include convictions and findings of guilt. Some examples include:

    • Record suspensions (formerly called “pardons”): A person must apply to a court of law for a record suspension. Record suspensions may be granted once the person has completed their sentence and demonstrated to the court, for a number of years, that they can follow the law.
    • Conditional discharge: This is a finding of guilt that requires the person to be on probation and meet specific conditions for up to three years.
    • Absolute discharge: This is a finding of guilt, however the person is not put on probation and does not have to meet any conditions.

  11. Restrictions Imposed by a Lawful Authority

    This means that a lawful authority has placed restrictions on the nurse. Examples of lawful authorities that may impose practice restrictions are a nursing regulator; an oversight body for another profession, inside or outside of Ontario; or a peace bond issued by the police.

    The restrictions will remain in place until the lawful authority removes them. These restrictions are posted to the Register if they relate to, or affect, the nurse’s practice.

  12. Findings in Another Regulatory Body

    A nursing regulator or an oversight body for another profession has issued a finding about the nurse.

  13. Findings of Negligence

    Findings of professional negligence, made by a court of law, that the nurse’s care fell below the accepted standard of practice of the profession.

  14. Inspections

    Findings of professional negligence, made by a court of law, that the nurse’s care fell below the accepted standard of practice of the profession.

  15. Other Information

    The nurse and CNO have agreed that additional information should appear on the Register, or the Registration, Fitness to Practise or Discipline Committees have ordered it posted.

If you have any questions about the Practice Information section, contact CNO’s Monitoring team at:

Phone: 416-928-0900, ext. 7683
Toll free in Canada: 1-800-387-5526, ext. 7683
Fax: 416-928-1914
Email: Monitoring@cnomail.org

Contact Information

This section contains the nurse’s business address. This may be their primary place of nursing practice; a nursing agency; or non-nursing employment information. In some instances, it may be the CNO’s address or an alternate address approved by CNO’s Executive Director.

DEFINITIONS

Administrative Suspension

The registrant’s membership is not current due to the member’s failure to pay a required fee or to submit information requested by CNO. If the College suspends an individual’s certificate of registration, they can no longer practise nursing or use the title ”nurse” in Ontario.

Board of Inquiry

See Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

Category

In Ontario, nursing is one profession with two categories of care providers: Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs).

Complaints Committee

See Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

Current

A nurse who has a certificate from CNO that is not revoked, expired, suspended, voluntarily surrendered, resigned or deceased.

Deceased

The individual has passed away. The Register includes the date if it is known to CNO.

Discipline Committee

A statutory committee that holds hearings when the ICRC has referred a nurse because the nature of the alleged professional misconduct and/or incompetence is serious. When a panel makes a finding of professional misconduct and/or incompetence, they can revoke or suspend a nurse’s certificate of registration, and/or impose specific terms, conditions and/or limitations on the certificate of registration for a period of time. Most committee decisions are published in CNO’s magazine, The Standard, and are available online.

Emergency Assignment Class

A registration class that becomes an option when the provincial government requests the assistance of CNO’s help by issuing Emergency Assignment Class memberships to qualified nurses.

Entitled to Practise with No Restrictions

The nurse is a current member of CNO, can practise nursing in Ontario, and has no terms, conditions and/or limitations on their practice.

Entitled to Practise with Voluntary Restrictions

The nurse is a current member of CNO, but has terms, conditions and/or limitations on their practice by voluntary agreement between the nurse and CNO. The restrictions appear in the nurse’s profile.

Entitled to Practise with Restrictions

The nurse is a current member of CNO, but has terms, conditions and/or limitations on their practice. These may be in place as a result of:

  1. Restrictions by committee
    A CNO statutory committee has ordered that terms, conditions and/or limitations appear on the nurse’s registration certificate.
  2. Restrictions by voluntary agreement
    The nurse’s practice is restricted by voluntary agreement between the nurse and CNO.
  3. Restrictions by class
    Terms, conditions and/or limitations on a registration certificate that are specific to a class of membership (e.g., Temporary Class).

The restrictions appear in the nurse’s profile.

Executive Committee

See Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee

Expired

A nurse’s certificate of registration is no longer valid and they are not entitled to practise or use the title “nurse” in Ontario. Expiration can result when a nurse fails to meet a condition of continuing membership, such as submitting a fee or providing information requested by CNO, or if they exceed the time limit of a specific class of membership (e.g., Temporary Class).

Extended Class

Registered Nurses in the Extended Class, or RN(EC)s, are also known as Nurse Practitioners (NPs). They have an expanded scope of practice and legislated authority to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures. NPs have specialty certificates (see Specialty Certificate).

Fitness to Practise (FTP) Committee

A CNO statutory committee that determines whether a nurse is suffering from a physical or mental condition or disorder that is affecting, or could affect, their practice. The committee can revoke or suspend a nurse’s certificate of registration, and/or have specific terms, conditions and/or limitations imposed on it.

Former Names

All previous names a nurse has used since the date of their initial registration with CNO.

General Class

The most common class of registration for nurses in Ontario.

Hospital Privileges

Authority that a hospital grants that allows an NP (who is not employed by a specific hospital) — to diagnose, prescribe for, or treat patients at that hospital.

Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC)

A CNO statutory committee that consists of nurses and members of the public who screen matters about public complaints or reports. Since June 4, 2009, the ICRC has combined the functions of the Board of Inquiry and the Complaints Committee, with the screening function of the Executive Committee.

The ICRC reviews written materials and determines whether a hearing is required or if some other action would address the public interest. Depending on the matter under review, the ICRC considers the results of a health inquiry or misconduct investigation, or may accept a resolution that the nurse and complainant propose.

Member

An individual to whom CNO has issued a certificate of registration that is not currently revoked, rescinded, suspended, cancelled, voluntarily surrendered or resigned.

A member can use the title “nurse,” “Registered Nurse,” “Registered Practical Nurse,” and/or “Nurse Practitioner,” (or a variation, abbreviation or equivalent in another language) as appropriate. They are entitled to practise nursing in Ontario.

Non-Practising Class

A class of registration CNO offers to nurses who are not currently practising nursing, but who want to remain members of CNO.

Members in this class cannot practise nursing in Ontario.

Not Entitled to Practise

The nurse does not have the authority to practise nursing in Ontario. This classification may be in place for one of the following reasons:

  1. Not Entitled to Practise by committee
    A CNO statutory committee has ordered that the nurse’s certificate of registration be suspended or revoked, or ordered posting on the Register that the nurse is not entitled to practise.
  2. Not Entitled to Practise by voluntary agreement
    The nurse is not entitled to practise as a result of a voluntary agreement between the nurse and CNO.
  3. Not Entitled to Practise by class or status
    Refers to restrictions of a membership class (e.g., Non-Practising Class) or status (e.g., resigned, suspended or revoked for failing to renew membership).

Nurse

“Nurse” is a protected title in Ontario. Only members of CNO can use the titles “nurse,” “Registered Nurse,” “Registered Practical Nurse,” and/or “Nurse Practitioner” (or a variation, abbreviation or equivalent in another language) in the province.

Nurse Practitioner (NP)

NPs are Registered Nurses in CNO’s Extended Class. They have an expanded scope of practice and legislated authority to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform procedures.

Quality Assurance (QA) Committee

A CNO statutory committee responsible for ensuring that members comply with all aspects of CNO’s QA Program. The QA Program is designed to promote lifelong learning and continuing competence among nurses.

Registered Nurse (RN)

One of two categories of care providers within the nursing profession in Ontario. RNs have met the entry-to-practice requirements to become an RN. This includes successful completion of both an approved nursing program and the national registration exam.

Registered Practical Nurse (RPN)

One of two categories of care providers within the nursing profession in Ontario. RPNs have met the entry-to-practice requirements to become an RPN, including successful completion of both an approved practical nursing program and the national practical nursing registration exam.

Registrant

An individual to whom CNO has issued a certificate of registration.

Registration Committee

A CNO statutory committee that assesses an applicant's qualifications to practise nursing in Ontario. The Registration Committee determines whether further study is required for the applicant to meet program or examination requirements, or if any terms, conditions, and/or limitations should be imposed on the person’s certificate of registration when they are registered with CNO.

Resigned

The nurse has relinquished their membership with CNO. An individual who has resigned from CNO can no longer practise nursing or use the title “nurse” in Ontario.

Revoked

Revocation can result from a Discipline Committee or Fitness to Practise Committee order. Revocation can also result from the nurse’s certificate of registration being cancelled by the Executive Director because they did not meet the entry requirements for a class of registration and, therefore, should not have been registered. The individual can no longer practise nursing or use the title “nurse” in Ontario.

Shareholders

A term used by CNO to define people who own shares in a health profession corporation. All shareholders in a health profession corporation must be members of the College, just as officers and directors of the corporation must also be shareholders.

Special Assignment Class

A short-term, non-renewable registration for individuals, usually from outside of Canada, who have an appointment or assignment as an RN or RPN with an approved facility in Ontario, and who do not plan to stay in the province for more than one year. Individuals in this class can only practise within the scope of their appointment or assignment with the facility named in the certificate of registration and under defined terms, conditions and/or limitations in their registration certificate.

Specialty Certificate

A CNO document issued to an NP that designates the client population for which the NP is qualified to provide care. Currently, there are three specialty certificates: Primary Health Care, Paediatrics and Adult.

Suspended

The registrant’s membership is not current due to an order that a CNO statutory committee imposed. A suspended member is not entitled to practise nursing for a specified period of time or until they meet specific conditions. If the College suspends an individual’s certificate of registration, they can no longer practise nursing or use the title ”nurse” in Ontario.

Temporary Class

A class of registration for individuals who have met all requirements for General Class registration as an RN or RPN, except successful completion of the national registration exam.

This registration is granted for up to six months. It restricts practice to a specific employment setting and sets specific terms, conditions and/or limitations on the nurse’s practice. Within the six-month period, the nurse must successfully complete the exam and apply for registration in the General Class. If they do not do this, their Temporary Class registration will expire.

Undertaking

A formal, professional promise that a member gives to CNO that they will comply with certain terms.

Voluntary Surrender

When a nurse agrees with the College not to practise nursing until they meet specified conditions.

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