Read the latest news articles and videos on violence in the workplace below

Posted Sept. 6: An Open Letter from the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table Executive Committee

The letter states, in part: “The Leadership Table has been tasked with developing a comprehensive Action Plan by December 2016. This Action Plan will help make hospitals safer, reduce incidents of workplace violence within the broader health care sector, and improve workplace safety culture.”

Download and read the letter here.

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ONA says CAMH guilty plea a start, but workplace violence continues (July 18, 2016) The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says that the guilty plea to one of four charges against the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to Ministry of Labour charges of failing to keep workers safe is a start, but that workplace violence continues.

ONA appalled by decision to dismiss all charges in Royal Ottawa Mental Health Workplace Attacks (July 15, 2016) The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is “truly appalled” that charges have been dismissed against the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, part of the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.

ONA wins fight for improved safety at Brockville Mental Health Centre  (May 31, 2016) In a major win for the health and safety of registered nurses at work, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has successfully appealed the Ministry of Labour’s non-issuance of specific orders to improve the safety and security of RNs and other front-line health-care workers in the forensic treatment unit at Brockville Mental Health Centre.

Guelph General Hospital failing to take safety seriously: RN assaulted, lack of protective equipment exposed (March 15, 2016) The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is appalled at the lack of safety at Guelph General Hospital that has come to light in several serious incidents recently. ONA has filed a grievance against the hospital and is looking for immediate mandatory violence prevention training, a system for flagging violent patients and panic buttons for nurses working in units who do not currently possess them.

ONA Local 100 developed an innovative program aimed at preventing workplace violence. Take a look at this brief video which outlines their actions in working together to help prevent violence in the workplace.

ONA marks 10 years since Lori Dupont, RN murder: ONA continues to advocate for an end to workplace violence. (Nov. 12, 2015)

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is marking the 10th anniversary of the brutal workplace murder of Windsor registered nurse, Lori Dupont.

Dupont was murdered on November 12, 2015 while working in the recovery room of Windsor’s Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital by an anesthetist who also worked at the hospital; he subsequently committed suicide. The brutal murder shook nurses and health-care workers across the province, and was the impetus for a renewed drive for improved workplace safety laws in Ontario. Following the recommendations of the jury in the Dupont inquest, Ontario passed legislation to recognize violence and harassment as occupational hazards.

The Toronto Star and Global TV 16×9 produced indepth pieces on healthcare workplace violence. The Toronto Star’s piece notes in part, “workplace violence incidents make nursing one of the country’s most dangerous professions.” The Global TV 16×9 segment included first-hand accounts from registered nurses who experienced workplace violence as well as interviews with the Ontario Minister of Labour and worker representatives.  (October 2015)

Stop the Violence – Toronto Star editorial – The editorial notes, in part, “Violent attacks on health workers may be increasing, and more attacks may be reported due to an improved reporting system. Regardless, it’s a situation that cannot be allowed to continue. That’s why the establishment of a roundtable on violence against health care workers, starting with nurses, is such a good idea and so long overdue.” (August, 2015)

Ontario taking action to better protect health care workers – The government of Ontario has established a Leadership Table that aims to prevent workplace violence in health care settings. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN is sitting at the leadership table to provide advice. (posted Aug. 13, 2015)

Violence must stop: Ontario RNs Continue to Provide Care in High-Risk Situations – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says that “enough is enough” regarding ongoing incidents of violence taking place daily in Ontario hospitals and is calling for Guelph General Hospital management to step up to the plate and take safety seriously.

ONA calls on the Ministry of Labour to Enforce the Law – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is again publicly calling on the Ministry of Labour to enforce the law and lay charges against the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in relation to a February 2014 assault on a nurse that resulted in her finger being amputated.

Attacks on Nurses at London Health Sciences Centre Explode in Frequency – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is calling for immediate action from London Health Sciences Centre and the Ministry of Labour to stop the serious escalation of violent attacks on nurses.

See first-hand accounts of workplace violence incidents from our members below:

The Ontario Nurses’ Association partnered with Toronto East General Hospital on an innovative program aimed at workplace violence prevention. Check out the interview with former TEGH CEO Rob Devitt below: