They also expect to be dismissed or ignored when they complain or report it.
Huffington Post Blog – February 5, 2018
People are shocked when they hear front-line nurses’ stories of workplace violence. And it’s no wonder. Canadians have a strong sense of what’s fair and right. We know it isn’t right that nurses experience workplace violence as an everyday reality. Nurses’ personal accounts of being punched, kicked, bitten, beaten, choked, assaulted and even worse on the job are disturbing.
A recent national poll revealed the majority of nurses, 61 per cent, experienced serious problems with workplace violence over a 12-month period. Nurses were physically assaulted, bullied, verbally abused and experienced both sexual and race-based harassment. A full two-thirds of nurses had pondered leaving their jobs.
As a profession still overwhelmingly dominated by women, the violence nurses face includes widespread sexual abuse, harassment and assault, reflective of the underlying pervasiveness of sexual harassment across so many workplace settings. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought women’s experiences to the forefront of public awareness and shown us all how persistent and insidious violence is within both our workplaces and our broader culture.