Sent April 9, 2020 to B.C.'s nurses
It has been four weeks since B.C. officially designated the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency. I want to commend you, and your nursing colleagues, who are working on the front lines of this pandemic for your courage, your service and your dedication. I also want to recognize everyone who is providing care to non-COVID patients and clients; to the non-practising nurses and students who have signed up to assist; and the support staff working tirelessly behind the scenes: hospital cleaners and clerks, building maintenance and kitchen staff, security—everyone is playing an important role in supporting our health care system to meet this challenge, and I salute you all.
During this time, BCCNP staff, leadership and the board have been working incredibly hard to quickly grant temporary emergency registration and ensure nurses are supported and are able to meet standards. We are in regular—often daily—contact with our colleagues at the Ministry of Health, the Public Health Officer, BCCDC, nursing schools, Health Authorities and other regulators across the country, ensuring our response is as coordinated and seamless as possible. We are doing what we need to do to ensure nurses can continue their important work.
It is inspiring to see how the nursing profession, the health care sector and Canadians in general have mobilized, committing their time, their skills and resources to facing this pandemic as a united front.
The next few weeks are critical: we cannot waver in our resolve to continue physical distancing, to give you and every frontline healthcare worker the best possible chance to bring this pandemic under control. In the words of our indomitable Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry: be kind, be calm and be safe.
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions or concerns.
Cynthia JohansenBCCNP Registrar & CEOceo@bccnp.ca