Protect nurses at work: Send a letter of support today

Publish date: Saturday, April 04, 2020

COVID-19

Health and safety

MNU President

Put Patients First

Dear members,

Yesterday, I told you about MNU’s priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today I’m asking for your help.

Please take a few moments to send a letter, calling on the Pallister government to provide better access to PPE for all health care workers, and to trust nurses to use their clinical judgement in assessing the level of protection you need to keep yourself and your patients safe.

Safety for nurses is not negotiable. We have been clear that the government and employers must employ the precautionary principle developed following the SARS epidemic. Where there is a lack of scientific certainty around the transmission of a virus, we must take every precaution to reduce risk to frontline professionals. Enhanced safety measures need not await scientific certainty.

We want to ensure nurses have access to the health and safety controls they need. And we’re calling for Point-of-Care Risk Assessments to be completed before each interaction with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient. Following a PCRA, based on their own professional and clinical judgment, individual nurses should be able to determine the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) required to protect themselves and the patient.

Every day nurses are asked to make decisions to protect themselves and their patients based on their own clinical and professional judgement. The current situation is no different, and the model we're proposing has already been implemented in Ontario, Alberta and BC. The Manitoba government needs to follow suit.

Protecting nurses protects all Manitobans. And as nurses we must stand together. Send a letter today.

Thank you for your continued efforts during these unprecedented times.

In solidarity,

Darlene Jackson
President
Manitoba Nurses Union

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