Focus on the fundamentals, Manitoba 

Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba backs international call for public adherence to safety fundamentals

August 20, 2020 - WINNIPEG

With case counts rising significantly and community spread evident in Manitoba, the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba (Association) today called for the public to support nurses by sticking to the fundamentals including hand washing, physical distancing and staying home when sick. 

“The International Council of Nurses has just put out this call globally, and we felt it was timely to share a message from nurses in our province,” said Jennifer Dunsford, Association president. “Nurses are asking for support from all Manitobans; we need help to keep flattening the curve and curb community spread.”

The appeal comes as cases in Manitoba are on the rise and community transmission has been identified. The International Council of Nurses (ICN) highlighted that 8% of all COVID-19 cases globally have been among healthcare workers. 

“Each and everyone of you can play your part in stopping the spread of this virus,” said Annette Kennedy, president of ICN. “You can show your support for nurses and other healthcare workers who are risking their own health, and even their lives, to care for others.”

“The efforts of Manitobans have spared us the worst of the pandemic so far. With the increase in cases it’s time for us to go back to the fundamentals that have kept us safe – physical distancing, hand washing and staying home when sick,” added Dunsford. “We have an opportunity to keep our health system operating well and our population safe, but everyone needs to do their part.”

About the Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba 
The Association of Regulated Nurses of Manitoba is the professional voice for all nursing designations, nursing students and retired nurses. We advocate for and promote the profession of nursing and healthy public policy. We support our members by providing professional development opportunities and resources while celebrating excellence in nursing.  

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For more information, please contact:

Alyson Pile
Communications Advisor
Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
apile@arnm.ca
204-992-1523