Pandemic Planning

During a pandemic, a number of factors, such as a shortage of staff or hospital resources, may contribute to challenges in applying the College’s practice standards. Proper planning is key to determining how well a facility and its nursing staff will manage these factors.

In the event that a pandemic is declared by the provincial Ministry of Health, the College of Nurses has a number of resources that can help nurses understand their responsibilities during a large-scale health emergency.

These resources will help you learn what the College expects from nurses during a pandemic, as well as the practice standards and guidelines that are particularly relevant to nursing during such an emergency.

College Resources

Nursing Practice

FAQs: Nursing During a Pandemic
FAQs: Volunteering During a Pandemic
Pandemic Scenarios

Practice Guidelines: Refusing Assignments and Discontinuing Nursing Services

Government resources

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Information for Health Workers: Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Ontario Ministry of Health Pandemic Resources

Telephone Hotline

Health Care Provider Hotline 1 866 212-2272
Telehealth 1 866 797-0000
Service Ontario 1 800 476-9708
Page last reviewed March 23, 2020