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WINDSOR – The second of four anti-workplace violence ads designed to raise public awareness of the issue is set to launch this week.
Windsor-Essex Registered Nurses Launch Anti-Violence Campaign (April 4, 2018)
WINDSOR – Far too often, Registered Nurses (RNs) and front-line health-care professionals experience violent attacks at the hands of patients and their families. Now, RNs working in Windsor-Essex are launching a new public awareness campaign to highlight the risk of workplace violence in health care.
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating an announcement by the provincial government that nurses will be included in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) legislation.
NEWMARKET – Registered Nurses (RNs) at Southlake Regional Health Centre say that RN understaffing in the hospital’s Emergency Department has been so serious that patient care and safety have been compromised. Tomorrow, an expert nursing panel will begin a three-day examination of RN staffing, workplace violence and professional practice concerns in Southlake’s Emergency Department.
BROCKVILLE – Following the levy of a $75,000 fine against the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for failing to reassess the risk of violence after a registered nurse was repeatedly stabbed and critically injured at its Brockville site, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says the province needs to invest in taking proactive measures to keep nurses safe.
TORONTO – A progress report released by the Ontario government Leadership Table on workplace violence prevention in health care has produced 23 recommendations that are a first step to keeping Ontario health-care workers safe, says Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
BROCKVILLE — The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is disgusted at a court decision released on April 25 that found the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre guilty of only one of five charges in a case where a registered nurse was stabbed multiple times.
OTTAWA – The President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is shocked at cuts to Registered Nurses (RNs) at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Brockville Mental Health, saying that workplace violence will increase in the wake of the cuts.
An Open Letter from the Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care Leadership Table Executive Committee (September 6, 2016)
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in-depth 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.
ONA Local 8 members in Windsor raise awareness about workplace violence with a local ad campaign:
The Ontario Nurses’ Association fights for nurses to be included in PTSD legislation:
A look at how Lori Dupont’s murder led to the creation of Bill 168 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act:
Violence Prevention – A best practice from ONA Local 100:
A panel discussion on workplace violence with ONA’s Erna Bujna and former Toronto East General Hospital CEO Rob Devitt:
Hear first-hand accounts of workplace violence incidents from our members:
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: