Legal Considerations When Nursing in a Pandemic

All three levels of the Canadian government continue to be actively engaged in preparing for possible pandemic emergencies. The SARS outbreak in 2003, the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, and the 2020 declaration of COVID-19 as an international pandemic highlight the importance of nursing in controlling and containing communicable diseases. As nursing resources can become stretched during outbreaks, nursing regulators may consider whether there are enough nurses to meet the demand in their jurisdiction. Here are some elements to take into consideration when practicing during a pandemic.

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Message from the CEO

We are facing a new healthcare challenge, where nurses will once again be called to play a leading role in providing healthcare to Canadians. It is a role that you know well, and one which the CNPS is proud to support.

While COVID-19 is a new challenge for Canadians, this battle is likely not unfamiliar to you. Nurses have always been a driving force at the center of our evolving and demanding healthcare system. We marvel at the focused and compassionate care you provide under such pressure and want to thank you for continuing to do so as we are advised to stay home while you protect the health of the most vulnerable Canadians.

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