As health, medicine students step up to the plate, concerns emphasize importance of student safety

March 26, 2020

Students in health programming across the country have continued to step up and volunteer or request special permission to do so in order to help with the COVID-19 situation. At the University of Manitoba, over 200 students in faculties such as medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy have volunteered in various capacities as local hospitals and groups to help support front-line workers. At Bow Valley College, nursing students who are just weeks away from graduation have called for accommodations to allow them to put their skills to use during the pandemic. “We’re skilled and ready to work,” said nursing student Morgan Winn. At Saskatchewan Polytechnic, a group of nursing students voiced their concerns after being asked to continue their clinical work in the province’s hospitals, indicating that they did not have the same benefits as nurses and had received inconsistent messaging. Sask Polytech Dean of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences Sandra Blevins indicated that the institution is in close contact with the SHA and that the safety of its students are a top priority: "We did not want them to feel like they had to show up, or that their grades or anything would be impacted, so they have that choice right now to make." CBC (UManitoba) | CBC (BVC) (National) | CBC (SaskPolytech)