Jan. 01/21

Amendment to the MRCNS GUIDELINES FOR PRESCRIBING, ORDERING AND ADMINISTERING DRUGS Policy

The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia has amended its GUIDELINES FOR PRESCRIBING, ORDERING AND ADMINISTERING DRUGS Policy to enable midwives to assist with the provincial vaccination strategy.


Our current policy on guidelines for prescribing, ordering and administering drugs does include vaccinations however, it is limited to clients in the midwives care. Therefore, the Council has approved an Amendment to the Guidelines for Prescribing, Ordering and Administering Drugs policy to allow midwives to participate in the vaccination roll out. The amendment states:


Due to the pressing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 Midwives are temporarily permitted to participate in COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the province. This amendment includes administering vaccinations, and or assisting with hospital and community clinic operations set up for the purposes of vaccinating patients and members of the public not in their direct care.


The Council sincerely hopes this amendment is helpful to the vaccination strategy.


Any questions can be directed at the register at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Dec. 12/20

Ordering and Administering of COVID19 Tests Policy

The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia approved Registered Midwives in Nova Scotia to Order and Administer COVID19 tests during our November 19th Board Meeting.
Our policy states:

Nova Scotia’s Registered Midwives can order and administer COVID -19 tests only for clients in their care and their newborns, and according to the current protocols established by the NSHA/IWK.  Midwives must follow up on test results in a timely manner and provide follow up care as per current provincial guidelines.

The decision to administer a COVID-19 test will depend on current protocol established by the NSHA/IWK,  receiving the appropriate training to ensure the task can be performed safely, access to test kits, the client’s condition and other community resources that offer testing. The first choice, if needed must be to refer clients with symptoms to centralized assessment sites, where providers have access to screening, swabs and adequate PPE.

Should you have any questions, contact Jenny Wright, MRCNS Registrar .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 


 

Did You know?

Midwives can prescribe and administer many common drugs that are used during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period.


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