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asked to return to worker prior to 14 day self isolation

by feralcat feralcat (New) New Nurse

Specializes in mental health. Has 3 years experience.

I work at a mental health facility, and I flew in from Mexico on Friday March 13. I am asymptomatic but my manager, occ health nurse and hospital have approved me to return to work. They said if I show any symptoms, then to not come in.

I am feeling very nervous about this because the canadian government just stressed anyone who travelled anywhere outside of canada must self isolate. I am nervous that if I am infected, I could spread it my colleagues, patients and hospital. This virus can spread even if someone is aymptomatic, and a person can remain asymptomatic for up to 14 days.

Anyone going through a similar experience, thoughts or recommendations?? I have voiced my concerns to my employeer, and understanding protocols are changing by the hour...

Tweety, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 28 years experience.

Mexico has only 15 cases (but rising as is everywhere) and perhaps they are basing it on the country you travel from? Or is it any country anyone on a plane? If you feel they are violating Canadian rules and laws perhaps you should talk to someone in authority. They might get into trouble.

Stay well.

Edited by Tweety


Specializes in mental health. Has 3 years experience.

Thanks. I've contacted my union rep, they said it's based on the occ health nurse who has cleared me to work. RPNAO representative supported that my employer is in the wrong and I should self-isolate. So lots of conflicting opinions! I've also contacted my CNO and MP for guidance and awaiting response.......


Has 43 years experience.

I suppose your employer believes that a traveler isn't exposed to the virus in airports, cabs, rental car counters, public bathrooms, etc....from people outside of Mexico.

Smart, eh?


Specializes in mental health. Has 3 years experience.

Yes, it's ridiculous. We aren't short of nursing staff right now, my shifts could be easily filled. I'm so frustrated.