First identified in 1989, the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a blood-borne infectious virus that affects the liver. Thousands of cases are reported every year in Canada and around the world, and it is currently the leading reason for liver transplants in North America. Although hepatitis C has no vaccine, it is a treatable disease.
Nurses have a crucial role to play in helping hepatitis C patients live safely and in optimal health. Through their holistic approach and professional expertise, nurses address clients’ physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and socioeconomic needs. They are also key educators in the effort to reduce the risk of spreading hepatitis C.
In partnership with Health Canada, the Canadian Nurses Association has developed Hepatitis C: A Nursing Guide [PDF, 180.9 KB] as well as a hepatitis C fact sheet [PDF, 26.8 KB] to inform nursing practice.
Resources for health-care professionals
Hepatitis C basics
Hepatitis C in Canada
Hepatitis C internationally