Blood-borne virus infection (BBVI) reporting is one the requirements of initial registration and renewal. While most CARNA members are not likely performing exposure-prone procedures, mandatory reporting ensures a high standard of public safety during the delivery of care. We do not require mandatory screening/testing of registered nurses for BBVI.
Like all personal information we collect, we are adamant about complying with the Personal Information Protection Act. Only CARNA staff who require BBVI information for the purposes of carrying out their duties have access to the information.
If you have additional questions, contact the deputy registrar by telephone at 780.451.0043 ext. 506 or 1.800.252.9352, ext. 506.
When you first apply to CARNA and every year at renewal we will ask if you have a BBVI. All you need to do is check “yes” or “no” in the online application form.
If you learn you have a BBVI during the practice year, please call the deputy registrar as soon as possible to ensure you receive prompt follow-up.
You as a member of CARNA have an obligation to provide complete and truthful information to the college.
If you answer “yes” to the BBVI question, we will contact you to discuss your practice setting, exposure-prone procedures and provide general information on managing BBVIs. We will not ask for any information related to which BBVI or how the BBVI was contracted
We are then required by health professions legislation to forward your contact information to the medical officer of health (MOH). The MOH will contact you to provide public health follow-up, information and support. The MOH will assess your practice and if necessary (i.e. you regularly engage in exposure-prone procedures) will refer you to the Alberta Expert Review Panel on Blood-Borne Infection in Health-Care Workers. The panel may make practice recommendations. We will then ask you to sign an agreement for practice modifications based on those recommendations.
Your practice permit will not indicate that you have BBVI, however, if you do not sign the agreement for practice modifications, you will have a visible condition on your permit indicating a practice restriction without specific details.
We will not inform your employer you have a BBVI, however, if you require practice modifications, we would advise you to discuss those modifications with your employer to ensure appropriate work assignments.
Once you have reported a BBVI to CARNA, you are required to report annually and whenever you change your nursing practice. Members are also required to report a known subsequent BBVI to CARNA.