COVID-19: Information for Students, Graduates and Programs

Published: March 24, 2020

The CLPNM is working closely with our schools in order to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on practical nursing education programs in Manitoba. The situation is rapidly evolving. In response to directives from health authorities, nursing programs may be required to move to virtual instruction or to cancel classes, labs and/or student practice placements in order to safeguard patients, students and faculty.

At this time, the best source of information on the status of any practical nursing education program is the institution that offers it.

Students, please note that if the CLPNM is advised that your program has fully stopped or you cease to be a student in a program, you will no longer hold SPN registration. Information regarding SPN registration will be provided to students when programs resume. You can check your student registration status on the CLPNM’s Public Register.

If you are currently on your senior practicum, we will be working with your school to confirm program completion. You will be notified by the CLPNM if and when your Graduate Practical Nurse registration is processed and approved. You can check your registration status on the CLPNM’s Public Register.

Impacts to the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) are not yet known. We will post updates as we learn new information. Please check back regularly.

The educational institutions that offer CLPNM approved programs have the responsibility and authority to plan appropriate alternate learning methods, should normal student learning experiences become unavailable. The CLPNM expects that programs are referring to best practices and recent research in these areas.

Educational institutions are responsible for documenting and tracking the modifications made to programs during this period, including changes in access to clinical placements and alternate methods of course delivery. The CLPNM may request reporting on these adjustments as part of the education program review process or as verification that new graduates have met requirements for registration to practice.

Modifications to normal programming made to address these extenuating circumstances are short term for the duration of the pandemic only and not precedent-setting. These changes are not to become permanent changes to the programs.