Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba is closely monitoring developments in the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to ensure that appropriate measures and supports are in place for registered nurses, employers, and the public. The College is actively engaged with provincial health officials on this issue, and will keep RNs informed of any regulatory matters that may arise.

College operations

As of Monday, March 16 at noon the College will be closed to visitors until further notice. We remain open for business by phone, email and mail. Please keep the following in mind when contacting the College:

  • Our staff will be available by phone at 204-774-3477 (or toll-free at 1-800-665-2027) and by email at info@crnm.mb.ca between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
  • Our staff directory including direct phone numbers and email contacts is available here.
  • If you have physical documents you need to submit to the College, please either send them by mail or place them in the mail slot near our front door.

Although our offices are closed to visitors, we anticipate our core functions will continue with some modifications:

  • All College committees will meet virtually – please contact your staff liaison for more information.
  • If you are from an external organization and have a meeting booked at the College, please check with your meeting organizer

Contingency planning updates:

  • If you recently retired from regular employment, currently hold a certificate of practice from the College, and are currently in good standing, you can practise without any special approval from the College.  You can check your registration status on NurseCheck.
  • The College is working with colleagues in government to allow for an expedited temporary registration process for former registrants who left the register in good standing.  Please continue to watch this site for updates.

  • We will keep RNs and the public informed of any changes.

Directive regarding non-essential services (March 22, 2020)

In an effort to reduce community transmission of COVID-19, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, Dr. Brent Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, and Lanette Sirugasa, Chief Provincial Nursing Officer, issued the directive that all non-essential and elective health services should immediately cease or be reduced to minimal levels.

Allowable exceptions include:

  • emergency services, or
  • time-sensitive services necessary to avert or avoid negative patient outcomes OR to avert or avoid situations that would have direct impact on patient safety.

This directive applies to all RNs, including self-employed RNs.  As always, the College expects registrants to only practice when they can meet practice expectations.  As an RN, in providing nursing care you must demonstrate procedures that safeguard the hygiene and sanitation of the practice environment and the hygiene and sanitation of the equipment used in that nursing care. The environment must be safe, this includes appropriate and necessary PPE. 

Employers will determine which services meet the criteria for essential and must be maintained in coordination with this provincial directive. RNs will receive further guidance from their employer regarding their duties.

All non-essential and elective health services should immediately cease or be reduced to minimal levels in response to the directive. 

Click here to read the directive

Questions?

Contact a Quality Practice Consultant at practice@crnm.mb.ca or 204-774-3477 ext 301

Prescribing and Dispensing of Drugs to Treat COVID-19 (March 26, 2020)

There has been significant mention in both in the media and on the internet on the use of certain medications in the treatment of COVID-19 patients despite a lack of evidence. The College is urging registrants' continued diligence in supporting clients with evidence-informed care. Some Manitoba pharmacies are now faced with shortages of certain medications for patients with conditions such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.  Please read this joint communication from the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, College of Pharmacists of Manitoba and College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba.

About the novel coronavirus

On December 31, 2019 an outbreak of COVID-19 was detected in Wuhan, China. Canada identified its first confirmed case in Ontario in January 2020. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the global outbreak of COVID-19 a pandemic.

Symptoms range from mild (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat) to severe (shortness of breath, breathing difficulties), and may take up to 14 days to appear.

There are important steps individuals and registered nurses can take to protect themselves, or take appropriate action if they suspect they have been exposed to the virus. Please see the links below for additional information:

For the public

For registered nurses