As a self-regulating body, ARNPEI considers public safety and trust to be very important. Self regulation refers to the oversight provided to the practice of nursing and includes the setting of nursing standards, the promotion of safe nursing practice and intervening when professional practice or conduct comes into question.
Matters concerning a registered nurse's professional conduct or behaviour fall under the mandate of the Professional Conduct Review Committee.
The Professional Conduct Review Committee is comprised of a minimum of 10 members (each of whom must possess at least five years nursing experience), and one public representative.
A written complaint must be received by ARNPEI in order to initiate the investigation process. Where there is sufficient evidence to proceed, the Professional Conduct Review Committee will hold a preliminary hearing. Depending on the outcome of the preliminary hearing, the complaint may be dismissed or it may go forward to a formal hearing. The decision of the formal hearing can be appealed.