Update: COVID-19

Learn more about temporary measures, practice support and other news here.

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba (CRPNM) continues to monitor COVID-19 to ensure that appropriate measures and supports are in place to protect the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, registrants, and members of the public.

Changes to our Business Operations

Our office is closed to visitors but you can continue to reach us by phone at (204) 888-4841 or by e-mail at crpnm@crpnm.mb.ca

We are no longer accepting in-person appointments.

Visit our Staff Directory if you would like to leave a voice message for a particular member of our team.

If you have documents to submit to the CRPNM (such as Criminal Records and Child and Adult Abuse Registry checks and identification documents) you can submit them electronically. You can find more information about the requirements for scanned or photographed documents and how to submit them here.

If you do not have a scanner, you are welcome to drop off your documents in the mail slot at the CRPNM at 1854 Portage Ave in Winnipeg or mail them to us. Please find our complete mailing address here.

Practice Support

Although our office will be closed, staff are working remotely and are available to support RPNs. We will continue to provide RPNs with links to recently published practice directions and other publications that may guide your practice during this time.

If you have questions about the CRPNM practice documents, please contact the Practice Consultant/Deputy Registrar at (204) 888-4841 (ext 4).

The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented strain on our health system, and Registered Psychiatric Nurses have been at the forefront of that response for over a year. As public health measures continue to evolve and are required to mitigate the spread and impacts of the virus, it is essential that all RPNs consider their professional responsibilities when making public statements on this important topic.


Because Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) hold a position of leadership and trust within the health system and the community, any statements RPNs make in public forums or on social media have the potential to influence the public and to be taken as an expression of professional views or advice.  

 

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Registered Psychiatric Nurses are encouraged to review credible and reliable sources of information, daily, for updates on COVID-19 that may affect their practice.

Temporary Measures 

RPNs providing services outside of the publicly funded system should frequently check the public health orders and the COVID-19 resources for health-care providers to ensure they are following provincial recommendations. This includes the Shared Health Resources for Health Care Providers which describes the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required in different clinical settings.

As a reminder, informed consent to receive services includes providing the client with information about the risks, benefits, and alternatives for services- this discussion should be inclusive of the risk for COVID -19 transmission.
 

All clinical services that can be provided virtually should continue. In person visits require careful consideration on the impacts to space, staff resources and personal protective equipment (PPE).

RPNs who practice as a contractor or who are self-employed and offering services within the health system are also encouraged to seek the guidance of the health region(s) in which they work to confirm their services can continue (e.g. for those who may provide service within a PCH).

Notice from Manitoba’s Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living enables the CRPNM to expedite registration for former RPNs and RPNs from Other Canadian jurisdictions.

This notice enables the Registrar to waive or modify any requirements for registration or practice in order to allow a person, who is registered in good standing with and currently authorized to practice as a registered psychiatric nurse by the applicable regulatory body in another province, to practice registered psychiatric nursing in Manitoba during this emergency.

It also enables the Registrar to waive or modify any requirements for registration or practice in order to allow a person, who meets the following requirements, to practice registered psychiatric nursing in Manitoba during this emergency:

  • the person was registered in good standing with the college within the past 5 years and immediately before ceasing to be a member of the college;
  • the person was authorized to practice by the college within the past 5 years;
  • the college is satisfied that person is competent to perform the reserved acts that they will be authorized to perform as a member of the college.

Additional information can be found here

The Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living has issued an order under section 7 of The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) authorizing additional health care workers to perform the reserved act related to administering vaccine by injection in response to COVID-19 under certain conditions. Please read the complete Ministerial Order for more information.

The order does not explicitly identify Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) because vaccination is already part of RPN scope of practice. 

Health care workers authorized by this order must meet a number of conditions to perform the reserved act including being supervised by a member of a regulated health profession who is authorized to perform the reserved act by regulation under the RHPA or by a profession-specific act listed in schedule 2 of the RHPA.

In this context, RPNs may asked to may be asked to supervise other health care providers assigned to perform this reserved act by their employer. More information about RPN’s responsibilities related to assignment can be found in the Practice Direction: Assignment and Delegation to Unregulated Care Providers.

Employment Opportunities

Please refer to the Shared Health website for employment opportunities at COVID-19 Vaccine Immunization Clinics: https://sharedhealthmb.ca/covid19/providers/jobs/

The Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living has issued an order under section 7 of The Regulated Health Professions Act authorizing additional health care workers to perform the reserved act related to nasopharyngeal swab collection in support of COVID-19 testing under certain conditions. Please read the complete Ministerial Order for more information.

The order does not explicitly identify Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) because nasopharyngeal swab collection is already part of RPN scope of practice.

Unregulated health care providers, such as Health Care Aides, may perform nasopharyngeal swab collection as an assignment when supported by their employer. As a member of the health care team, RPNs and may take on roles, such as educator or supervisor, when working in collaboration with other providers to support COVID-19 testing.

Practice expectations for collaborative care and delegation and assignment to unregulated health providers can be found here:
Practice Direction: Assignment and Delegation to Unregulated Care Providers 

Interprofessional Collaborative Care

Updated March 24, 2021

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