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Workplace Violence Toolkit


The following media articles appeared during 2016.


Nurse fired for speaking up about patient violence to make first public statement Wednesday in North Bay.

February 2016. North Bay nurse Sue McIntyre will speak publicly on Wednesday for the first time since her termination for voicing concerns about violence against health care staff. CUPE

‘Bully’ Brockville General Hospital Doctor suspended after verbally abusing female nurses and patients.

April 2016. A senior doctor at Brockville General Hospital has been reprimanded and suspended because of abusive behaviour toward female patients, nurses and staff. National Post

Workplace violence against health care workers under-reported, largely ignored.

April 2016. Violence against workers in health care settings like hospitals, nursing homes and psychiatric environments is an under-reported, ubiquitous and persistent problem, says an article published in the New England Journal of MedicineCBC News

Mental-health facility ordered to increase security for staff.

June 2016. The Ontario Labour Relations Board has ordered the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) in Brockville, Ontario, to install an electronic alarm system, improve staff safety training and hire security guards, in response to an appeal from the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA). OHSCanada

Fatal inquiry into Alberta mental health worker’s death hears killer’s violent history.

June 2016. A fatality inquiry began Monday into the death of a Camrose mental health worker who was killed in a client’s home in 2011. Global News

Attacks on hospital staff trigger provincial investigation.

June 2016. CBC News has learned the province is currently investigating four incidents this year involving mentally ill patients who attacked three nurses and a security guard on separate occasions between January and May. CBC News

CAMH fined $80,000 after beating that left nurse ‘beyond recognition’.

July 2016. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health pleaded guilty to a workplace safety charge related to the 2014 beating of a nurse by a patient that reportedly left the victim “beyond recognition. Toronto Star

Nurse suffers eye injury at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

October 2016. Vicki McKenna, first vice-president of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, said the registered nurse was assaulted: a male patient punched her in the face, dragged her down a hallway to a locked utility room and repeatedly kicked her in the head. CBC News