What You Need to Know
About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In December 2019, a coronavirus emerged in the city of Wuhan, China. Since then, this respiratory virus has been reported in multiple countries, including Canada. On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 to be a public health emergency of international concern. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic because of the alarming levels of spread and severity.
Those with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. Symptoms of the virus range from mild to severe and may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. They can include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia and kidney failure. In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
To learn more about the virus:
- Public Health Guidance
- WHO’s info page
- Government of Canada
- Dedicated GNB phone line for health care workers and staff for questions about COVID-19 testing: 1-833-475-0724.
About Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine
As Canada prepares for the largest vaccine initiative in recent history, the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) recognizes that it is essential that the public trust both the vaccine and the professional who is administering it. Vaccine safety extends beyond its pharmaceutical properties. It must be administered by professionals who are safe, competent, and ethical in all aspects of vaccination administration. This includes knowledge and competency of informed consent, injection techniques, vaccine reconstitution, storage requirements, side effects, emergency management of adverse reaction, documentation, disposal, and all other aspect of vaccine administration (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, 2020).
- Fact Sheet: Administering Immunizations
- NANB and NBNU's Position on the COVID-19 Immunization
- Guidance for Nurse Practitioners Regarding Medical Exemptions for COVID-19 Immunization, Mask Wearing and Testing
- GNB Vaccine Information
- Memo- COVID-19 Basic Vaccine Immunization Training
- The Government of Canada- Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines
NANB’s mandate is regulation for safe, competent, and ethical nursing care—but patient safety is a responsibility we all share. Our role during the novel coronavirus outbreak is to support your ability to provide safe and competent care and help you understand your accountabilities.
If you have questions about your accountabilities when caring for patients affected with the new coronavirus, please contact us. One of our Nurse Consultants can help identify the appropriate standards and guidelines to guide your decision-making and help you understand your accountabilities.
Nurse Practitioners are encouraged to visit the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (Public Health) Coronavirus page for information.
NANB Is Currently Accepting New Applications for Emergency Temporary Registration Until January 31, 2022
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections in New Brunswick, and to support the Province in its COVID-19 relief efforts, NANB is once again opening its Emergency Temporary Registration Process to new applicants.
If you are current in your nursing practice (have practiced a minimum of 1125 hours in the last 5 years), are a former member in good standing with NANB, and wish to assist the Province in its COVID-19 relief efforts under an Emergency Temporary Registration, please communicate your interest to HRP3CD19@gnb.ca. Once you are recruited to help, please complete an Application for Emergency Temporary Registration Form and submit it to email@example.com. Once this form and a confirmation of your recruitment are received by NANB, and it is determined that you are eligible for an Emergency Temporary Registration, you will receive a registration certificate via email.
If you have practiced a minimum of 1125 hours in the last 10 years, are a former member in good standing with NANB, and wish to assist the Province in its COVID-19 relief efforts, you may be eligible for a Restricted Emergency Temporary Registration that would restrict your practice to a COVID-19 support role in a vaccination clinic or assessment/testing centre. If you think you qualify for a Restricted Emergency Temporary Registration, please follow the same application process outlined above.
All Emergency Temporary Registrations and Restricted Emergency Temporary Registrations will be valid until May 31st, 2022.