The novel coronavirus outbreak: FAQs for nurses

We understand the impact of the novel coronavirus (also known as 2019-nCoV) outbreak on all nurses. Every day in all practice settings, nurses are on the frontlines of patient safety. To help you find the information you need to provide safe patient care, we’ve created a resource page for nurses that contains coronavirus-related FAQs, info about your accountabilities, and current infection prevention and control guidelines.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus to be a public health emergency of international concern. We are engaging with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to mitigate the spread of the virus and to protect the health and safety of patients and nurses.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation. As more information becomes available, we will update our Novel Coronavirus webpage. You can also follow us on social media to stay up to date.

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Have your say in the future of nursing regulation: Vote in Council elections

CNO Council elections are here! Council is CNO’s Board of Directors, and those who sit on the Board make important decisions that shape the regulation of nursing and promote public safety. You have a chance to be a voice for patients and cast your vote for the candidates that you think have what it takes to be effective advocates for Ontarians.

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What would you do?

Jane, an RN, works in a health care facility where the patient population is mostly elderly patients with complex needs. During a shift, Jane notices that one of her patients has developed an open pressure sore on their buttocks. What should Jane do?

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Have a question? We’re here to help!

Did you know Practice Support can help identify the appropriate practice standards and guidelines to guide your decision-making and help you understand your accountabilities?

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Quality Assurance is changing to help you

This year, CNO will begin rolling out new components of our Quality Assurance (QA) Program, starting with the release of new self-assessment tools this spring. The tools, which include a new Practice Reflection Worksheet and Action Plan (previously known as the Learning Plan), support and guide you through the self-assessment process.

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Chief Quality Officer appointed

CNO has appointed Carol Timmings, RN, as CNO’s Chief Quality Officer. Carol will enforce standards of practice and conduct and oversee the requirements for entry to practice. She will also articulate and promote practice standards and oversee the administration of our Quality Assurance Program.

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How do I determine whether or not a procedure or activity is within my scope of practice?

Do you know how to determine whether an activitiy or procedure is within your scope of practice? Find out...

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You Asked Us

What do I do if I disagree with the patient's care plan?

I work as an in-patient surgical unit nurse. Recently, I did not agree with the care plan for one of my patients. What are my accountabilities when this happens? Am I required to follow all patient orders?

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