ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED NURSES OF MANITOBA CALLED ON THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO PROTECT NURSES AND MANITOBANS BY IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOUND IN THE VIRGO REPORT

Winnipeg, October 2, 2018

In the wake of increased incidents of crystal methamphetamine-induced psychosis and resulting violence against healthcare professionals in emergency departments, the Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (the Association) called on the provincial government to ensure that the recommendations identified in Improving Access and Coordination of Mental Health and Addiction Services: A Provincial Strategy for all Manitobans (Virgo Report) do not sit on a shelf but become a reality.

“The increased presentation of crystal methamphetamine-induced psychosis in our emergency departments is a critical issue that is impacting the health and wellbeing of healthcare professionals as well as the individuals living with addictions and mental health issues,” says Association board chair Margaret Rauliuk. “We commend the work the Manitoba Nurses Union has done in speaking up for the safety of our nurses. Nurses are working in difficult circumstances with limited resources.”

The overall level of need clearly signals a call to action that requires immediate and effective responses. The association supports the underlying emphasis in the Virgo Report on harm reduction principles to underscore the many system enhancements that are recommended.

“We believe that implementing this strategic plan will equip nurses with the training and resources they need to provide quality care and also help to ensure their safety while they’re providing this care,” says Rauliuk. “We can’t wait any longer to put plans into action. We look forward to seeing the government move forward with this plan and welcome any opportunity to bring the professional voice of registered nurses to the implementation.”

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The Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba is the professional voice of registered nurses in Manitoba. We support and promote excellence in nursing education, research, leadership and policy by advocating for registered nurses and the health of people living in Manitoba.

For more information, please contact: 
Lisa McFarland lmcfarland@arnm.ca 
Communications Coordinator 
Association of Registered Nurses of Manitoba 
204-992-1522