CARNA's Hearing Tribunals are given legal authority from section 82 of the Health Professions Act and CARNA Bylaw 28 to publish discipline summaries.
Summaries contain brief information about the behaviours that were the subject of the discipline and the sanctions imposed by a Hearing Tribunal. These summaries appear in CARNA's magazine, Alberta RN.
Disciplinary summaries are published to educate the membership about what constitutes unprofessional or unethical behaviour and/or serious risk to the public, advise the public of conditions placed on permits, and reinforce the safe and proper practice of nursing to protect public safety. A disciplinary summary is usually published for every hearing that is held.
In considering both sanction and publication, the Hearing Tribunal is asked to review the circumstances of the case before them in light of local factors.1 CARNA's Conduct Counsel will address each factor and how those factors should be applied to arrive at the appropriate sanction and publication. Counsel and the investigated nurse are also welcome to (and do) speak to publication.
CARNA's Conduct Counsel and the investigated nurse's representative will negotiate the wording of the publication. If there is no agreement, then each party makes a separate submission to the Hearing Tribunal about what should be in the publication. The Hearing Tribunal will make the decision regarding the content of publication.
1Jaswal v. Newfoundland Medical Board  N.J. No. 50
In general, an investigated nurse's name is more likely to be published if the Tribunal believes the behaviour is very serious, highly unethical, or presents a serious risk to public safety. There are also a number of considerations, referred to as the Jaswal factors, that go into making a decision to publish including: