Ordering and Administering of COVID19 Tests Policy

9 Dec 2020

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  Jenny.wright@novascotia.ca

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The Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia was established in 2009 to govern the profession of midwifery in the province. The mandate and legislated duty of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia is to serve and protect the public interest by regulating the practice of midwifery. The Council registers qualified, competent midwives to provide safe, high quality care to women and their families in Nova Scotia. The Council is mandated to protect the public by ensuring that all registrants engaged in clinical midwifery practice are safe, competent, and ethical practitioners.

For Media Inquiries:
Jenny Wright
Registrar / Executive Director
Suite 300 – 120 Western Parkway
Bedford, NS B4B 0V2
T: (902) 455-5867