June 8, 2017 (CALGARY) – A new national survey of Canada’s nurses, released today in conjunction with the CFNU’s discussion paper, Enough Is Enough: Putting a Stop to Violence in the Health Care Sector, shows that the majority believe patient safety is declining, or not improving, and workplace violence in health care is a serious and growing problem. Many of those surveyed have considered a job or career change, according to survey results.
During her President’s Address at the CFNU’s Biennial Convention, Linda Silas unveiled the results of this survey of over 2,000 nurses and released the report to approximately 1,200 nurses gathered in Calgary for CFNU’s Biennium. The survey results revealed that during the past 12 months:
The discussion paper, Enough Is Enough, raises the alarm and highlights the need for urgent action to increase nurse staffing levels and implement an action plan to keep nurses safe on the job.
“Enough is enough,” said CFNU President Linda Silas. “We know that the cost of workplace violence in Ontario hospitals alone is $23.8 million annually. These funds would be better invested in patient care and safety for both our patients and our nurses.”
She adds that as the acuity level of hospital patients continues to rise, cuts to nursing positions are driving nurses to rethink their career choice, just as they are needed most. “The CFNU is calling for a zero-tolerance approach to violence in health care workplaces,” Silas said.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is Canada’s largest nurses’ organization representing nearly 200,000 nurses and student nurses. The CFNU has been advocating for national discussions on key health priorities, such as a national prescription drug plan, a comprehensive approach to long-term and continuing care, greater attention to health human resources, and federal government engagement on the future of public health care.
For more information, contact:
Emily Doer, CFNU Communications Officer, (613) 807-1340
David Cournoyer, Communications Advisor, United Nurses of Alberta, (780) 913-1563
David Climenhaga, Communications Advisor, United Nurses of Alberta, (780) 717-2943