We are grateful for the important role you are playing on the frontlines of this unprecedented event. We know you are being asked to do more than ever before. You are the heart of our health care system, and you continue to demonstrate your dedication to your patients and their families every day.
Ontario is now operating under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. Emergency orders under this act will continue until January 20, 2021.
The province also continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by applying public health measures under the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.
We continue to support Ontario's health care system during the pandemic.
COVID-19 update: Standard of care and nurses’ accountabilities
CNO acknowledges that it is an unprecedented time in health care. We understand that you are stressed and may be concerned about being able to maintain standards of nursing practice. We want to assure you that the standard of care is always considered in context. The standard of care can evolve with the dynamic nature of the pandemic, including that resources may become scarce or absent.
Working within a quickly evolving environment can be challenging and distressing. In this situation, it will be important to make reasonable efforts to comply with any direction from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and your workplace policies and procedures pertaining to COVID-19 management. While CNO will continue to receive complaints and reports during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will assess all information with consideration to the circumstances in which nurses are working.
Nurses are accountable to all standards of practice. While the province has now moved to Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, some emergency orders that came into effect during the declaration of emergency remain in effect.
Nurses are also accountable to support evidence-based public health prevention and protection measures, including vaccinations, masking, handwashing, and social distancing.
EMERGENCY ORDERS UNDER THE REOPENING ONTARIO ACT
While the provincial declaration of emergency has ended, some emergency orders are still in effect under the act, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. For a list of orders still in effect, review the provincial status on COVID-19.
Guidance and best practices
- Standards of care and nurses' accountabilities
- Nurses’ accountabilities to support public health directives
- CNO COVID-19: Practice Resources
- This page contains a variety of COVID-19-related information for nurses
- Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care – Guidance Documents for Health Sector
- Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care – Directives, Memorandums and Other Resources
- Directive #2 for Health Care Providers (Regulated Health Professionals or Persons who operate a Group Practice of Regulated Health Professionals)
- Directive #3 for Long-term care homes under the Long-term Care Homes Act, 2007
- Directive #5 for information on Personal Protective Equipment
Employers who need resources for additional worker support can register with Ontario's workforce matching portal.
How New Grads can help during COVID-19
If you haven't already done so, apply to the General Class.
If you have not written your registration exam, you may consider applying to the Temporary Class. You will need an offer of employment in order to apply for this class.
After you have written and passed your registration exam, you may then complete your registration in the General Class.
If you are still in a nursing program and want to help ...
The Ministry of Health is looking for experienced health care providers — including learners who have begun, but not yet completed professional training, who can help prevent and control the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Ministry of Health's Health workforce matching portal for more information.
For answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, such as what the risks and symptoms are, how it spreads, and how you can protect yourself, read the Government of Canada’s FAQ page.
You can also find information about how to protect yourself from the virus, what to do if you’re sick and how to recognize possible symptoms on the Ministry of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 web page.
- Prevent the virus from spreading: Instruction sheet for people who have been asked to self-isolate
- COVID-19 – How to self-monitor
- COVID-19 – How to self-assess
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Public Message (CNO)