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How you can help during the COVID-19 pandemic

Here’s what you need to know about how you can help during a pandemic.

If you are in the General or Extended Class

If you are a nurse registered in the General or Extended class, you can help provide nursing care within your nursing scope of practice. Visit the Understanding your Scope of Practice page for more information.

In addition, the Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit their recruitment page for more information.

If you are in the Non-Practising Class 

If you have practiced nursing within the last three years, you can apply to to reinstate your registration. For more information, read Applying for Reinstatement.

If it has been more than three years since you practiced nursing, you can help in other ways. For example, you could provide support such as volunteering at a local health facility or help with the screening processes. 

If your membership is resigned or expired

If you practiced nursing within the last three years, you can apply to reinstate your registration. For more information, read Applying for Reinstatement.

If it has been more than three years since you practiced nursing, you can help in other ways. For example, you could provide support such as volunteering at a local health facility or help with the screening processes.

If you are in the Temporary Class

If you are in the Temporary Class, you can provide nursing care under specific terms and conditions. See Temporary Class for more information.

If you have not yet written the registration exam you may be eligible to register in the Temporary Class. See Temporary Class for more information.

If you are a new graduate or nursing student

If you have recently completed a PN diploma program or BScN program in Ontario, apply to the General Class, if you haven't already done so.

If you have not written your registration exam, you may consider applying to the Temporary Class. You will need an offer of employment.

After you have written and passed your registration exam, you may then complete your registration in the General Class.

If you have not completed your nursing program, you can help in other ways. The Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers, and learners who have begun but not yet completed professional training, who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit their recruitment page for more information.

What should nurses consider before helping?

When providing help during a pandemic, the practice standards and nursing accountabilities apply. You must also meet the expectations of the organization or facility where you are practicing. Consider the competencies required for your position. Identify any learning needs you have and take steps to fill and knowledge gaps to ensure your patients receive competent nursing care.

What should others consider before helping?

You can only practice nursing if you are registered with CNO in the General, Extended, Temporary or Emergency Assignment.

If you are volunteering after being out of practice for more than three years, you can only help in non-nursing roles.

Page last reviewed June 26, 2020