It has come to our attention that the group “Canadian Frontline Nurses” is planning another protest for what they call a “national health freedom movement” today at Memorial University. This group has drawn in anti-science, anti-mask, anti-vaccine and anti-public health followers whose beliefs align with theirs.
RNU is NOT part of this group, nor do we endorse it. Please do not get this protest confused with the Day of Action on the nursing crisis that the CFNU and Canada’s nurses are partaking in on September 17th ahead of the federal election. (Visit our Facebook event for details).
Throughout the pandemic, RNU has stood on the side of science. We have advocated for evidence-based public health measures to stem the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, masking and vaccination.
While it is unfortunate that this group is taking attention away from the important vaccination efforts happening across the province and country, the vast majority of registered nurses know the devastating effects of COVID-19 and understand that the only way out of this pandemic is through social distancing, masking, good hand hygiene, vaccination and following science-based public health directives.
The public should rest assured that the vast majority of Newfoundland and Labrador’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners are united in their commitment to operate from a stringent code of ethics, and they are duty-bound to use science, evidence, and facts in providing the care they deliver to their patients, clients and residents. This scientific approach is a fundamental ideology of modern nursing and we will always stand by it.