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B.C. nurses demand more clarity from province around self-isolation protocols

Last Updated Mar 20, 2020 at 11:55 am PDT

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BCNU says members have received mixed messages from the province around self-isolation measures for their profession

According to the head of the B.C. Nurses Union, sometimes nurses in the same household are receiving different direction

BCNU president says nurses who are concerned should make the decision they feel is best

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – B.C.’s nurses say they need more clarity about when their members are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 , adding sometimes nurses are receiving different directions.

The head of the BC Nurses Union claims the rules aren’t applied across the board – something a number of people in that profession are taking issue with.

“Nurses are committed to providing care but they are equally committed to ensuring their patients are safe,” BCNU President Christine Sorensen says, adding some nurses are concerned that there are members being told to come back to work after traveling – but before 14 days of self-isolation have passed.

“Nurses who work in essential service areas where their work is critically important that they should be returning to work, that has continued to create some confusion,” she tells NEWS 1130.

“We do have some nurses that are being told to return to work. Other nurses who are being told to stay home. Sometimes that has occurred in the same family because nurses are sometimes married to nurses so they are having mixed messages.”

Sorensen is telling nurses who are concerned they may have COVID-19, may have been exposed to it, or could be exposed to it they have the right to make the decision they think is best.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has said under special circumstances, when a medical professional has unique and necessary skills, exceptions can be made with exceptional precautions taken.