A total of 46 nurses were thrown out of the profession in 2012, compared with 21 the previous year. In the first six months of this year alone, 19 nurses were struck compared with 15 for the whole of 2010.
More than 100 nurses from both the public and private sectors in Scotland have faced serious disciplinary charges this year.
The figures, released by the Information Service Division Scotland, reveal that the total number of complaints hit 9161 in 2012/13, up more than 1000 on the previous year.
Nurses struck off this year include Alison McLennan, a charge nurse/night sister at A&E at Caithness General Hospital, who turned up for a shift drunk.
A spokesman for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), which has the power to strike off a nurse, said: "All healthcare regulators have experienced an increase in referrals. This is due to the public being more aware of the role of the regulators."
However, the Royal College of Nursing claimed too many referrals to the NMC were "inappropriate".
RCN Scotland associate director Norman Provant said: "There has been a substantial increase in referrals over the last few years, but it is too simplistic to infer this reflects on standards of nursing care. It's important employers understand when it is appropriate, or not, to refer a nurse to the NMC."