Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Publications & Resources

November/December 2009

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On the front line: As H1N1 spreads across Ontario, RNs are at the epicentre of plans to keep people well.

If you were a nurse during SARS, the H1N1 pandemic may be giving you a disturbing sense of déjà vu. While SARS was a hospital-based disease and H1N1 is spreading in the community, both sparked public fear and a media frenzy. But there are some stark differences, too. RNAO Executive Director Doris Grinspun says governments and health officials learned plenty of lessons during the SARS crisis that have been applied to H1N1 planning and operations.