Dear Members,

The situation regarding COVID-19 in our province continues to evolve. It’s clear the pandemic will change how our health care system operates for the weeks and months ahead.

Our goal will be making sure you are supported and protected. I know you are already feeling the impacts and have many questions and concerns.

Please know your union is actively working to gather information and ensure measures are put in place to support RNs and NPs, both in your professional and personal lives.

A COVID-19 section has been added to the myRNU app and website. It includes an FAQ and will be updated as information becomes available.

RNU participates in weekly updates with provincial multisector stakeholders. We’ve been in contact with the Department of Health and Community Services and are calling for regular and dedicated discussions with Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) related to health care system planning and decisions affecting the health and safety of our members.

Well before COVID-19 reached our province, RNU and nurses’ unions across Canada advocated for the precautionary principle to be followed. Our position remains the same. Health care workers caring for suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients should be protected using a fit-tested N95 mask.

In support of social distancing, the RNU office will close to the public effective Monday, March 23. Required meetings with employers and/or members will be conducted via video or teleconferencing. We’ll support our employees to work from home and continue to offer the same service to our members.

We will seek an agreement with the RHAs to waive timelines for grievances and ongoing issues.  Our focus during this time will be on high priority and COVID-19 related issues.

If you need us, please continue to reach out by phone, email, or using myRNU.

As always, I know you will be there for your patients during this pandemic. Please know we’ll be right here by your side.

In solidarity

Debbie Forward, RN