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June 28, 2017

Workplace abuse comes at steep cost for nurses, taxpayers

By JARED LINDZON The Globe and Mail Published Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 4:00PM EDT Despite having one of the most demanding jobs in the country, nurses remain without many of the protections and safety standards enjoyed by other public service workers, and it’s costing Canadian taxpayers billions. Sixty-one per cent of nurses say they have experienced […]

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June 8, 2017
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CFNU President unveils new survey results and report showing safe patient care declining, workplace violence increasing – many nurses considering leaving their jobs

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 […]

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May 12, 2017
Mental Health Pharmacare Violence

Proud nurses and union activists in Toronto for 28th Constitutional Convention of the CLC

Over 140 proud nurses and strong union activists from across Canada met in Toronto this week for the Canadian Labour Congress Convention. The theme of the 28th Constitutional Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress was ‘Together for a Fair Future.” View the whole agenda including speaker bios here. On Monday May 8, 2017, the first […]

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December 16, 2016
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The International Council of Nurses joins call for the end of violence against health care

The international nursing community is concerned about the ongoing situation in Syria, and indeed other conflict zones around the world. The ICN made a joint announcement with the World Medical Association in the summer, and earlier this week released a further statement as part of the Health Care in Danger Coalition.

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October 18, 2016

Nurses demand workplace safety

NSNU calls on government to take the threat of violence in the workplace more seriously   Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union says an incident in a Middleton hospital should have been given more consideration in light of the serious nature of the threat and the escalating frequency of violent behaviour in […]

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July 28, 2016
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CLC wants Canadian mayors to address use of lethal force and systemic racism in policing

OTTAWA–Canada’s largest labour organization is saddened and outraged by news of yet another black man dying after a violent confrontation with police, this time in Ottawa, and it calls on Canada’s mayors to take action. 37-year old Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi died on Monday after succumbing to injuries sustained after being pursued and, according to several witnesses, violently beaten by Ottawa […]

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April 28, 2016

High number of lost-time injuries among nurses highlights need to make our health care facilities safe

Canada’s nurses statement on the National Day of Mourning   April 28, 2016 (Ottawa) – Every year, thousands of nurses are injured on the job. In fact, according to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) 2014 statistics, the health and social services sector had the highest number of lost-time injuries in Canada […]

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March 18, 2016

Guelph General Hospital Failing to Take Safety Seriously: RN assaulted, lack of protective equipment exposed

GUELPH — 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 […]

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