Ebola Virus Preparedness

Ebola Virus Preparedness

Although the potential risk of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in British Columbia is still considered to be very low, the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Provincial Health Officer are taking the preparedness concerns raised by nurses and others very seriously. The Ministry has set up a Task Force with public health officials, infectious disease experts and others, to ensure that all health providers are protected and knowledgeable about the proper procedures and protocols for managing should any cases of Ebola be verified in British Columbia.

In addition, the Ministry and the Provincial Health Officer have established regular weekly teleconferences with health partners to share information and answer questions regarding the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) situation in British Columbia. The LPNABC is part of these discussions, and will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure Licensed Practical Nurses and all frontline healthcare workers are able to receive the most up-to-date information on Ebola as it becomes available.

For further information, or breaking news on B.C.’s Ebola Planning, please visit:

Provincial Health Officer’s Ebola Website for B.C. Health Care Providers

LPN’s in Mental Health too

Here is the letter we sent to BCNU regarding their recent E-Bulletin regarding Mental Health Strategy and workshops – advocating for LPN’s

Letter to BCNU from the LPNABC

Reply from BCNU:

Thank you for your letter. The eNews announcement was incorrect. LPNs, RNs and RPNs with mental health experience are all very welcome to apply to participate in the 16 workshops BCNU is hosting with a view to developing a position paper on the Mental Healthcare system in BC that is truly informed by the frontline nurse. BCNU values the work of LPNs in mental health and we would welcome their participation. A corrected version of this bulletin will be circulated as soon as possible. I apologise for any distress this may have caused.

Catherine Fast
Project Manager for Mental Health Strategy
BC Nurses’ Union