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College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland & Labrador Encourages Retired and Non-Practicing Nurses to Step Forward

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador have been working across all divisions and offering steadfast support to our public health officials.

College officials immediately worked with the provincial government to change regulations which would enable the College to rapidly license a pool of additional nurses (outside of those currently practicing) to alleviate any future congestion and surge in our provincial health care system. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recently enacted these changes to regulations on March 26th, 2020.

Fortunately, the capacity of our health care system is not overwhelmed at this time, however, in an effort to be proactive and prepared, CRNNL is advising retired and non-practicing nurses to step forward and offer their knowledge and experience to our province at this unprecedented time.

During times of uncertainty and upheaval, Registered Nurses have been there to fearlessly step forward and rise to the challenge. Florence Nightingale once said, “How very little can be done under the spirit of fear”. The days ahead may be a challenge, but I am confident that by drawing on the resilient spirit that is inherent to all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we will get through this together.”

-Lynn Power, Executive Director, College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador

The College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of our province who are exceeding that Standard of Excellence for which they are known. College officials would also like to commend the provincial government for their expedient response and cooperation with respect to this critical issue. Eligible retired nurses and non-practicing nurses who wish to step forward can do so by emailing [email protected] or by visiting

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