Registered Nurses Response to High Prairie Infection Control Situation
October 27, 2008

Edmonton – The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) provided the following response to the announcement of an infection control situation in High Prairie.

– The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) provided the following response to the announcement of an infection control situation in High Prairie.

 "While I cannot comment on the specific details of the situation in High Prairie, in general all registered nurses are expected to follow the Nursing Practice Standards which includes following relevant legislation, standards and policies such as the provincial infection control standards," said Margaret Hadley, CARNA president. "The Nursing Practice Standards also expect that registered nurses will question policies and procedures inconsistent with best patient outcomes, best practices and safety standards."

Hadley added that CARNA supports the review to be conducted by the Health Quality Council of Alberta which will determine how the situation in High Prairie occurred.

"We have been proactively informing our members of the new infection control standards in our member newsletter and on our web-site since the standards were introduced earlier this year," says Hadley. "Registered nurses are expected to stay current with best practices in areas such as infection control as professionals who are accountable for their own actions."

CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than 30,000 RNs, the largest health-care profession in the province. It sets nursing practice standards and ensures Albertans receive safe, competent and ethical nursing practice.

 

- 30 -

For more information, contact:
Margaret Ward-Jack
Tel 780-453-0515
Cell 780-932-1376
E-mail mwardjack@nurses.ab.ca