FIQ (Fédération Interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec)

COVID-19

This page was updated on April 7, 2020 at 10:44 a.m.

A crisis unit has been set up by the FIQ to give its affiliated unions and their members the necessary support in facing the current health crisis. Over the coming days, you will find detailed information here answering the questions of concern to healthcare professionals. This information will be updated constantly as events unfold.

CHECKLIST

This checklist is intended to provide useful information for practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if you are asked to practice in a new centre of activities (including in a modular unit outside of the institution

Occupational health and safety

Despite the measures put in place, a healthcare professional may contract the Coronavirus on the job.

Get involved

Healthcare professionals are on the front lines. Thank you for supporting them during this pandemic.

News

Press releases and other news linked to COVID-19

Trip insurance and disability insurance

In light of the current situation, La Capitale has posted frequently asked questions for all of its contracts online.

Please note that the FIQ contract does not include trip cancellation insurance.

Occupational health and safety

Healthcare professionals currently working should ensure that:

  • All safety measures are implemented in their work environment.
  • All protective equipment against infections is available and accessible.
  • They have received training on the preventive and intervention techniques in case of contamination.
  • They have access to the information and that the procedures for handling samples and patients are posted.
  • They have access to the procedures in cases of contamination of staff.

Inform your union team about all missing information on safety and protective measures!

DIFFERENT SCENARIOS

We have tried to foresee all possible scenarios, so that you are informed of your rights and responsibilities if one of them arises.

Healthcare professionals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are waiting for a diagnosis, who are symptomatic and who contracted the coronavirus in their workplace

Healthcare professionals who test positive for COVID-19 and develop symptoms that make them unable to work are disabled and can receive salary insurance benefits

(When the coronavirus was not contracted in the workplace)

Healthcare professionals, who test positive, but are asymptomatic or the benign nature of their symptoms does not make them unfit for work

(When the coronavirus was not contracted in the workplace)

Healthcare professionals who the employer has asked not to come to work for the time needed for a screening test or incubation period and then found to be negative

Healthcare professionals who are asymptomatic and who remove themselves from work for the time needed for a screening test or incubation period and then found to be negative

Select the subject you want to obtain more information about.

The right to refuse

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

Note: The following information refers to normal situations. We feel that it is important in the current rapidly evolving context to make a cautionary comment. The right to refuse must always be evaluated case by case. The FIQ is making its resources available to you to help and support you in exercising your right to refuse. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the FIQ has been actively making representations with government bodies to make the healthcare professionals’ specific needs known and defend their interests.

Frequently asked questions

Do I have the right to refuse to work if I suspect COVID-19 exists in my workplace?

In principle, yes. For this right to apply, here is what the CNESST says:

“According to the law, a worker has the right to refuse to perform particular work that presents a danger for her or for another person. She may not exercise this right if the refusal endangers the life, health or physical well-being of another person (e.g.: a firefighter on duty). She must immediately inform her superior (or an employer representative), and give the reasons for her refusal to work. She must remain available in the workplace, to perform other duties, if appropriate.”

This right to refuse must obviously be in line with the health professional’s ethical obligations, in normal times just like during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What conditions for the right to refuse?

The right to refuse cannot be exercised in an abusive manner or in bad faith. You must have reasonable grounds to believe that performing that work would expose you to a danger to your health, safety or physical well-being.

You have to stay in the workplace and be available to perform other duties that you are reasonably capable of performing.

The right to refuse must not put the life, health and physical well-being of another person in immediate danger (OHS Act, Sect. 13).

The conditions for performing the work in question must not be ordinary conditions for your kind of work.

The right to refuse is an individual right. However, when several workers refuse to perform a work because of the same danger, their situations may be simultaneously examined and be the subject of a decision that covers all of them. (OHS Act, Sect. 27).

Can the employer discipline me if I exercise my right to refuse?

The employer may not discipline you if you exercise a right to refuse. You may not be fired or given a disciplinary measure, unless you acted in an abusive manner.

Can the employer refuse to pay me if I exercise my right to refuse?

The employer must pay you your salary.

What are normal (ordinary) working conditions?

Case law has established certain criteria that define normal working conditions. These criteria were reported by the authors of the Traité de droit de la santé et de la sécurité au travail, in the form of questions:

  • Is the work performed according to the rules?
  • Is the risk inherent to the duties?
  • Have all generally accepted safety measures been taken to deal with this situation?
  • Is the equipment operating normally?
  • Does the worker’s physical well-being and health status permit her to perform these duties without representing additional risk for her or other people?

If you answered no to one or several of these questions, you can conclude abnormal working conditions exist. Moreover, it is not enough that the conditions under which the work is carried out have been the same for several years or that this same work is performed by other people to conclude that they are normal conditions.

If you are reasonably afraid of a danger, for you or others, from performing your work, what is the procedure for exercising a right to refuse?

Note: The following information refers to normal situations. We feel that it is important in the current rapidly evolving context to make a cautionary comment.

  1. You must inform your immediate superior and you tell her the reasons why you are refusing to perform the duty asked of you (OHS Act, Sect. 15)
  2. The immediate superior convenes your union representative (OHS Act, Sect. 16)
  3. The employer and your union representative analyze the situation and agree on the corrective measures that the employer must implement
  4. If the employer and your union representative cannot agree that a danger exists or on the corrective measures to implement, a request for the intervention of a CNESST inspector is filed by the employer, your union representative or yourself (OHS Act, Sect. 18)
  5. The inspector shall immediately determine if a danger exists. He may then order a return to work or prescribe temporary measures and require that corrective measures be taken within such time he may determine (OHS Act, Sect. 19)
  6. The inspector’s decision goes into effect immediately and must be applied (OHS Act, Sect. 191), even if the parties do not agree. The employer or you have 10 days to contest this decision. (OHS Act, Sect. 191.1)

 

Consult the CNESST page on the right to refuse

If the coronavirus is contracted at work

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

Despite the protective measures in place, a healthcare professional may contract the Coronavirus on the job. For example, when there is an outbreak of this virus on her unit or if she has performed duties involving contact with a clientele presenting the same suspected or confirmed symptoms.

If you think you have contracted the Coronavirus, inform your employer quickly and don’t hesitate to call your local union representatives.

Frequently asked questions

Can I receive the income replacement indemnity (IRI) set out in an Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (AIAOD) if I get the Coronavirus?

Yes, if you are unable to perform your job because of the symptoms identified with the Coronavirus and you believe you contracted it at work, you can, under certain conditions, receive the income replacement indemnity (IRI) set out in an Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (AIAOD).

What should I do if I think I have contracted the Coronavirus at work?

It is essential that you see a physician to obtain a CNESST medical certificate establishing the link between the Coronavirus and your work.

It is preferable that this medical consult is completed as soon as possible. However, a later consultation does not necessarily cause an employment injury not to be recognized.

What should I do with the medical certificate the physician gives me?

Once the physician completes the medical certificate, you need to give it to your employer as soon as possible.

Will I receive an income replacement indemnity?

Upon receipt of the medical certificate, the employer must pay the corresponding IRI for the first 14 days of being unable to work, which is 90% of the net salary for every day or part of a day when you would have normally worked during this period, if you were not injured.

After ruling on the eligibility of an employment injury, the CNESST will decide on the right to an IRI after the first 14 days.

Which form do I give the CNESST for my claim?

You must complete the “Worker’s Claim” form and send it to the CNESST.

The CNESST will then render its decision, recognizing or not your viral infection (Coronavirus) as an employment injury.

The “Worker’s Claim” form can be completed on line.

Can the employer use my bank of sick-leave days while waiting for the CNESST decision on the eligibility of my employment injury?

In such a context, the employer cannot use the sick-leave days bank to pay you if the CNESST decision has not been rendered.

If the employer does so, a complaint under section 32 of the AIAOD can be filed in the 30 days following this decision by the employer, because you will then be penalized because you exercised a right stipulated in the Law.

Infection control handbook

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

Note: The following documents are used in a normal situation. We feel it is important in the current rapidly evolving context, to give a warning to this effect.

 

Special authorization - professional practive in a health emergency

The FIQ sincerely thanks all volunteers who will commit to supporting the other healthcare professionals already working on the firing line in the Québec healthcare institutions during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Frequently asked questions

Who can request special authorization from a professional order to lend a helping hand in the network, thus responding to the Minister of Health and Social Services’ request?

The Québec Government has authorized the professional orders (OIIQ, OIIAQ, OPIQ) to allow people to practice their profession or use the title reserved for their members and therefore perform the same activities to take part in the efforts against COVID-19.

The Québec government is implementing the necessary processes for easily returning to the profession and without cost.

The conditions in the 2020-004 order to allow the professional orders to go ahead are:

  • The person has not been a member of the Order for less than 5 years;
  • The person is under age 70;

The professional orders issued further details on these two criteria.

NURSES (OIIQ)

Two situations may apply to you:

1- Public health emergency special authorization, if you:

  • Have not been a member of the OIIQ for less than 5 years;
  • Are under age 70.

2- Registration on the Roll (without cost), if you:

  • Have not been a member of the OIIQ for more than 5 years;
  • Are under age 70;
  • Are not registered on the Roll since April 1, 2019 or do not have an active employer in your file;
  • Have not been convicted of a criminal offence or criminally prosecuted for an offence punishable by 5 years of imprisonment or more (unless you have already declared this to the OIIQ Secretary).

Source: https://www.oiiq.org/inscription-au-tableau/retour-a-la-profession/covid-19

RESPIRATORY THERAPISTS (OPIQ)

Practice conditions granted by the public health emergency special authorization:

Person no longer a member of the OPIQ for less than 3 years:

  • Authorization to use the professional title (respiratory therapist);
  • Authorization to practice the activities reserved for respiratory therapists, including assessing the cardiopulmonary condition of a symptomatic person;
  • Follow an integration program and skills updating implemented by the institution (see OPIQ suggestions in Appendix 1)

OR

Person no longer a member of the OPIQ for more than 3 years, but less than 5 years:

  • Authorization to use the professional title (respiratory therapist);
  • Authorization to perform the following professional activities under conditions:

Reserved and authorized activities:

  • Assess the cardiopulmonary condition of symptomatic people;
  • Take specimens, according to a prescription;
  • Administer and adjust prescribed medications or other prescribed substances;
  • Mix substances to complete the preparation of a medication, according to a prescription.

Practice conditions:

  • These activities can only be carried out in a context of general or emergency cardiopulmonary care with a stable clientele;
  • In screening centres and lines dedicated to COVID-19;
  • In future cases of a vaccination for COVID-19;
  • Obligation to pass the following training, before obtaining the special authorization:
  • OPIQ-405 L’auscultation pulmonaire (2010-2011)
  • OPIQ-2002 Les notes au dossier II (2017-2018)
  • OPIQ-2003 Inh. : 3 lettres responsables (2017-2018)
  • Guide 17-01 Contribution à l’évaluation des problèmes respiratoires (2018)
  • Follow an integration program and skills updating implemented by the institution (see OPIQ suggestions in Appendix 2)

Source: Communiqué COVID-19

LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES (OIIAQ)

Public health emergency special authorization will be issued without cost if you:

  • Are under age 70;
  • You have not been registered on the Order’s roll for less than 5 years;
  • And if your application was accepted by a health and social services institution to help the health and social services network given the public health emergency declared on March 13, 2020.

For more information, go to Procédure pour obtenir une autorisation spéciale d’état d’urgence sanitaire

Sources:

What are the special conditions that apply to holders of a special authorization from the professional order?

A person who has been given special authorization:

  • May have limited professional activities and practice conditions. For example, the right to practice may be limited to assessment, teaching and counselling activities linked to the prevention and control of COVID-19, after receiving the training deemed pertinent by the employer.
  • Will not be considered a member of the professional order;
  • Is bound by the same ethical obligations and rules governing the practice of her profession;
  • Is exempt from taking the order’s insurance or joining the order’s group professional liability insurance plan contract if she practices her profession in a non-merged institution, CISSS/CIUSSS, under the various laws (Arrêté numéro 2020-004).

Lastly, a healthcare institution that hires a person with special authorization acts as guarantor, stands for and is financially liable for any fault committed by her in the practice of her profession.

A copy of each special authorization given by an order must be sent to the Minister of Health and Social Services.

Why can the professional orders issue an emergency health permit without cost when healthcare professionals have to pay to renew their regular permit?

The COVID – 19 pandemic is an unprecedented context for the Québec health and social services network. The government issued a Decree declaring a health emergency and giving special powers to the Minister of Health and Social Services.

The health emergency special authorization is issued temporarily by the orders to facilitate the arrival of reinforcements for the network for the prevention and control of COVID-19. It is an exceptional measure to remove an unnecessary obstacle to qualified people under age 70 who have left the profession, including those who have not worked 500 hours in the past four years, returning to work.

The professional orders will issue this temporary authorization without cost or obligation for the holder to contribute to the order’s insurance fund or a group professional liability insurance contract concluded by the order.

However, contrary to the regular permit to practice from the professional order, note that the health emergency special authorization does not automatically grant the full right to practice. In fact, to encourage public protection, the professional order may limit the professional activities to assessment, teaching and counselling in connection with the prevention and control of COVID-19.

On March 18, 2020, the APTS-FIQ Alliance confirmed they want to negotiate measures to support the healthcare network’s personnel during the current pandemic. The FIQ will keep healthcare professionals aware this changing situation and applicable support measures.

N.B. We will be updating information on our watch of the OIIAQ, OPIQ and OIIQ.

To learn more:

Arrêté du MSSS, du 15 mars 2020 et concernant l’ordonnance de mesures visant à protéger la santé de la population dans la situation de pandémie de la COVID-19

Communiqué de l’OIIQ, du 17 mars 2020 intitulé « COVID-19 : l’OIIQ facilitera le retour à la profession infirmière »

Appel lancé par le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux pour obtenir des renforts

Retirement and pre-retirement

The Minister of Health and Social Services has stated that retirees who come back to lend a hand in the network will not be penalized by Retraite Québec.

Frequently asked questions

 

Can employees on pre-retirement give more availability without penalty?

The Government and Public Employees Retirement Plan (RREGOP) covers most of the healthcare professionals. According to the plan’s rules, a retiree who returns to the work force, in the healthcare network or elsewhere, receives her pension and salary. On the other hand, the pension of a retiree covered by the Pension Plan for Management Personnel (PPMP) is reduced to take into account the salary earned during a return to work after her retirement.

Therefore, when the Minister announced that retirees returning to the network will not be penalized by Retraite Québec, she was obviously talking about management personnel.

Progressive retirement and an offer of additional availability

As we know, a progressive retirement is a way to reduce her working time without an impact on her pension.

According to the RREGOP Act, the amount of time worked cannot be less than 40% of full time work. The criteria on the time worked not being greater than 80% of full-time work and on an annual basis are criteria in the collective agreement.

At the union level, the FIQ has always supported that because a progressive retirement covers a reduction in time worked, an employee on a progressive retirement does not work more than the time established by the employer. However, it should be remembered that the agreed time worked, though established for most on a weekly basis, is on an annual basis according to the collective agreement.

Therefore, if an employee wants to offer availability during this pandemic, she can agree with her employer to increase her availability and adjust her time worked for the rest of the year.

If this time worked cannot be adjusted in the next year, it can be adjusted before she actually retires

Pregnant or breast-feeding healthcare professional

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

FIQ’s position with respect to pregnant or breast-feeding healthcare professionals in the context of COVID-19

The FIQ subscribes to the principle of caution that guides the recommendations from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ). In this respect, in care settings, being in the same location (room, treatment room, etc.) with people under investigation or probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 and all duties that involve close contact with this clientele constitutes a risk for pregnant healthcare professionals.

Following the INSPQ recommendations, the FIQ is demanding that the Ministry of Health and Social Services immediately remove pregnant, immunocompromised workers or workers with chronic diseases. The Ministry has not acceded to our request for now. However, some employers have themselves removed healthcare professionals from emergency departments.

Taken from the INSPQ website, the recommendations concerning pregnant or breast-feeding workers (care settings including dedicated medical clinics) are:

Recommendations regarding pregnant workers (dedicated or not dedicated hospital, medical clinic and isolation settings) (high or very high level)

During the entire period epidemic in Québec and in a context of local, regional or provincial sustained community transmission decreed by the public health authorities: the INSPQ recommends the immediate reassignment of the pregnant worker, regardless of her immune status regarding COVID-19, for the entire pregnancy in order to eliminate:

  • Close contact (less than 2 meters and without physical protection measures, such as a glass partition) with clientele and work colleagues;
  • Being in the same location (room, treatment room, etc.) with people under investigation or the probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Care, blood samples, medical examinations, para clinical examinations and treatments of people under investigation or probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Transportation of people under investigation or probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19;
  • Tasks related to cleaning and disinfecting the environment, equipment and personal effects having been in contact with a person under investigation, a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19;
  • Management of personal waste from people under investigation or probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19;
  • Contact, care or treatment of people under investigation or probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 by confinement at home or in residential housing;
  • All duties in sectors or institutions declared in isolation for COVID-19 by the authorities of the institution involved.

Recommendations regarding pregnant workers in other work settings with close contact with clientele and work colleagues (moderate level) 

During the entire period epidemic in Québec and in a context of local, regional or provincial sustained community transmission decreed by the public health authorities: the INSPQ recommends the immediate reassignment of the pregnant worker, regardless of her immune status regarding COVID-19, for the entire pregnancy in order to eliminate:

  • Close contact (less than 2 meters and without physical protection measures, such as a glass partition) with clientele and work colleagues;

Recommendations regarding pregnant workers in the other work settings with close contact with clientele and work colleagues (low level) 

During the entire period epidemic in Québec and in a context of local, regional or provincial sustained community transmission decreed by the public health authorities: the INSPQ recommends the immediate reassignment of the pregnant worker, regardless of her immune status regarding COVID-19, for the entire pregnancy in order to eliminate:

  • Close contact (less than 2 meters and without physical protection measures, such as a glass partition) with clientele and work colleagues;

Source : Interim recommendations on preventive measures for pregnant or breast-feeding workers in the workplaces

Frequently asked questions

I am pregnant and I think that my work entails a danger of contracting COVID-19 for my unborn child or myself

Consult a physician to obtain a “Certificat visant le retrait préventif et l’affectation de la travailleuse enceinte ou qui allaite” (Protective Reassignment and Assignment of the Pregnant or Breast-Feeding Worker Certificate) attesting that your working conditions entail a danger of contracting the virus, for your unborn child or, because of your pregnancy, for yourself. This certificate will be issued after a consultation with the Public Health Department.

Note the changes regarding a protective reassignment preventive withdrawal on the CNESST site.

What document do I give my employer if my working conditions entail physical dangers of contracting the virus for my unborn child or myself?

A worker must furnish a medical certificate attesting that the conditions of her work include physical dangers for her unborn child or, because of her pregnancy, for herself.

Can I be assigned to other duties if my working conditions entail a danger of contracting the COVID -19 virus?

A worker who gives the employer a medical certificate attesting that her working conditions may be physically dangerous for her unborn child or herself may request to be assigned to duties involving no such danger and that she is reasonably capable of performing. Submitting this certificate is not a request to stop working.

What happens if my employer does not reassign me as soon as the medical certificate is submitted?

If the requested assignment is not carried out immediately, the worker may stop working until the assignment is made or until the date of delivery.

If my employer does not reassign me to other duties, what indemnities will I receive?

A worker is entitled to be paid her regular salary rate for the first five working days of a work stoppage.

At the end of this period, she is entitled to the income replacement indemnity to which she would be entitled under an Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

Do I keep my benefits during my assignment to other duties or if I stop working?

If a worker has been assigned to other duties or stops working, she keeps all her benefits linked to the job she occupied before that assignment.

Will I be able to return to my position at the end of the assignment or work stoppage?

Ø The employer must return the worker to her regular position at the end of the assignment.

What recourses do I have if my employer does not respect the conditions in my protective reassignment certificate?

A request may be sent to the CNESST asking that they ensure that the conditions in the protective reassignment certificate are respected and to render a decision on this request.

Are the INSPQ protective reassignment (preventive reassignment) recommendations for pregnant women the same as for those who are breast-feeding?

No. According to the INSPQ, there is currently no evidence-based data on direct transmission of the infection through maternal milk. Therefore, the INSPQ does not recommend a protective reassignment (preventive reassignment) of the worker who is breast-feeding.

What recourses do I have if I am disciplined after exercising a right granted me under an Act respecting occupational health and safety?

Ø A complaint under Section 227 in an Act respecting occupational health and safety may be filed if the worker believes she has been disciplined after exercising a right under that Act.

What should I do to contest the assignment proposed by my employer?
  • Inform your local union team..
  • Obtain a Protective Reassignment and Assignment of the Pregnant or Breast-Feeding Worker Certificate from your physician identifying the working conditions with dangers for the fetus or yourself.
  • Once this certificate is submitted, the employer must assign you to duties exempt from all danger, including the COVID-19 virus.
  • If the employer proposes an assignment that does not comply with the dangers identified in your certificate, you can contest it by filing a written complaint with the CNESST.
  • If the CNESST decides the assignment does not comply, you will be removed from work with compensation, unless the employer proposes an assignment that complies.
  • If the CNEEST decision is against you, you can contest it in the 10 days following receipt of the decision. You can receive a first loan from the FIQ of $1,000 if needed.

To learn more about a protective reassignment for the pregnant or breast-feeding worker:

Note: The following documents are used in a normal situation. We feel it is important in the current rapidly evolving context, to give a warning to this effect.

 

Emergency daycare services

Frequently asked questions

I have to put my children in an emergency daycare service. What measures are taken to ensure their protection?

The MSSS issued instructions for those in charge of emergency daycare services.

Si vous constatez un non-respect de la mise en place de ces normes par les responsables des milieux de garde où sont gardés vos enfants, n’hésitez pas à contacter votre équipe syndicale locale.

Wearing a uniform and its proper daily care

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

According to current scientific knowledge, the COVID-19 virus seems to spread predominantly by:

  • Droplets during close and extended contact with a sick person.
  • By direct contact with droplets from respiratory secretions from a sick person’s coughing or sneezing.

In the context of the health emergency, to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus and other pathogens that exist in the care settings, healthcare professionals are asked to follow the following recommendations on wearing a uniform when giving direct care to infected patients:

  • Work clothes should only be worn in the workplace. This means changing upon arrival and departure in changing rooms provided by your employer and leaving work wearing your regular clothes.
  • Change your work clothes every day.
  • Ensure that your work clothes are regularly and adequately maintained.

This basic preventive measure is also to reassure the population.

Reminder of the OIIQ recommendations on the nurses’ dress code

Personal protective equipment

Don’t hesitate to call your local union team. They are best suited to support you during this Coronavirus crisis, answer your questions and help you in the steps to take with your employer.

Frequently asked questions

What personal protective measures should the healthcare professionals use when they interact with probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 or people under investigation?

Since COVID-19 is an emerging infectious disease, the measures announced by the MSSS should be considered as the minimum measures to respect.

 

What is the procedure for putting on and removing personal protective equipment

The N95 mask and its alternatives

These are the videos that deal with the procedure for putting on and removing personal protective equipment during an intervention in an isolation room using airborne, droplet AND contact precautions:

CIUSSS Centre-Ouest

INSPQ

https://www.inspq.qc.ca/nouvelles/covid-19-procedure-d-habillage-deshabillage-en-milieu-soin

Posters produced by the ASSTSAS for putting on and removing PPEs:

Putting on: | Removing:

To find out more:

Impacts on professional practice

Frequently asked questions

We understand that remote practice is preferred, whenever possible, in the current context. What do I have to keep in mind for telecare practice?

On March 24, the OIIQ issued guidelines for specialty nurse practitioners (SNP) practising telecare. The Order demands that professionals, before resorting to telecare, in keeping with their professional and ethical responsibilities:

  • “Evaluate the pertinence of resorting to this based on the type of intervention or follow-up with the client required;
  • Ensure one has the skills required to use them safely so as not to cause any harm to the patient;
  • Obtain the client’s free and informed consent to give the care and use the technological means, and determine in partnership the terms and conditions of its functioning;
  • Assess the level of risk for data security (e.g.: secure computer network), use secure platforms and never use social media;
  • Evaluate the reliability of the means used (e.g.: measurement tools or mobile application for obtaining valid results identical to those obtained face-to-face);
  • Anticipate clinical and technical emergencies that can arise and make a plan to mitigate them (e.g.: access to other professionals, solutions for mechanical breakdowns or failures);
  • Evaluate the client’s capacity to use them or collaborate in their use by validating their skills and, if need be, sending them the necessary information on their use and risks incurred (e.g.: data integrity, limits linked to this mode of intervention)”.

The FIQ will update the content of this section if other professional orders issue guidelines on telecare.

How has Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine changed the healthcare professionals’ practice?

In order to avoid a shortage of certain drugs, the INESSS has published a provincial collective prescription allowing pharmacists to stop using Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine temporarily for patients with certain chronic diseases. Therefore, nurses, particularly specialty nurse practitioners (SNP), must anticipate certain questions from patients whose use of these drugs has been temporarily stopped. The OIIQ also asks the SNPs to offer substitution therapy temporarily to these patients.

 

https://www.oiiq.org/la-covid-19-directives-pour-la-pratique-a-distance-a-l-intention-des-infirmieres-et-ips

OIIQ’s exams for CPNPs and SNP Candidates postponed

The FIQ, through its Organization of Work and Professional Practice Sector, is watching the professional orders’ activities in line with COVID-19 every day and may update the pertinent information on its web site based on this evolving situation.

Frequently asked questions

Are the OIIQ’s exams for CPNPs and SNP Candidates postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes.

In fact, the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec announced that the entrance exam for the profession for CPNPs and SNP certification exam for SNPs candidates originally scheduled in March and postponed to April 27, 2020, will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020.

The OIIQ pointed out that the postponement of the exam makes candidates available to help in the prevention efforts and battle against COVID-19.

Source: https://www.oiiq.org/covid-19-fil-d-actualite (March 25, 2020)

For candidates to the practice of the licensed practical nurse profession (CPLPNP), The Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers auxiliaires du Québec also announced the March 2020 exam is postponed to a later date.

According to the provincial provisions of the collective agreement, candidates to the practice of the nursing profession (CPNP) and the licensed practical nurse profession (CPLPNP) will remain candidates until they pass their professional exam and obtain their permit to practice.

Despite these additional delays because of COVID-19, the FIQ wants to point out the important contribution of the CPNPs CPLPNPs and SNP candidates in the current health crisis.

The collective agreement stipulates the CPNP who passes the OIIQ exam and the CPLPNP who passes the OIIAQ exam and is waiting for her permit to practice to be issued, receives, once her permit is obtained, her salary as a nurse or nurse clinician or licensed practical nurse retroactive to the date of her exam or the date she started work if she started after the date of her exam. She must have completed all the required internships.

The FIQ, through its Organization of Work and Professional Practice Sector, is watching the professional orders’ activities in line with COVID-19 every day and may update the pertinent information on its web site based on this evolving situation.

Get involved

The FIQ demands that all possible measures be implemented to guarantee healthcare professionals have:

  • Safe working conditions for themselves and their patients
  • Protection of their health and that of their loved ones
  • Improved working conditions recognizing the exceptional effort that they will have to make over the coming weeks, even months, to respond to the population’s needs during this unprecedented health crisis.

In this respect, I feel that this petition is directly linked to the Federation’s demands and I encourage all healthcare professionals and the population to sign it.

Nancy Bédard

President, Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec—FIQ

The healthcare professionals’ exceptional work in this context of a pandemic has to be pointed out and duly recognized.

Essentielles comme jamais!

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