A registrant is in a position of power over a patient by virtue of having professional knowledge and skill that a patient must rely on for their well-being.
Registrants must always maintain professional boundaries with their patients. They are prohibited from engaging in any form of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct with a patient as defined by law in the Health Professions Act (HPA).
Complaints of a sexual nature may involve:
All registrants and applicants must complete the online education course Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct as a requirement for receiving a practice permit. The mandatory course covers expectations for the nursing profession and its relationships with patients. The knowledge and application of these expectations by registrants will help to protect patients from sexual abuse and misconduct.
The CRNA recognizes that coming forward with a complaint about sexual abuse or sexual misconduct can be very difficult; however, there are good reasons for reporting:
The CRNA takes all complaints seriously. Call CRNA for assistance or to make a complaint. Our conduct department has training in response to sexual abuse and can help you navigate the CRNA’s complaint process.
For more information call 780.451.0043 / 1.800.252.9392 and ask to speak to someone in the complaints department. Learn more about the complaint management process.
The CRNA has established a patient relations program to support patients who come forward with complaints of sexual abuse or sexual misconduct. The program provides access to funding for therapy or counselling.
To learn more about funding for counselling or therapy, please contact the CRNA’s conduct department at 780.451.0043 / 1.800.252.9392.
Patients may also wish to contact Health Link Alberta for resources to support them.