Enough is Enough: Putting a Stop to Violence in the Health Care Sector
Roundtable Report – January 18, 2018. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions released a paper entitled Enough is Enough: Putting a Stop to Violence in the Health Care Sector in June 2017 in order to catalyze a national discussion on violence in health care, highlighting its broad and pervasive impacts. This two-day roundtable was organized to move this discussion towards action, and included unions representing health care workers from across the country.
Discussion paper, June 2017. This paper documents the decline of the health and workplace environments of nurses over the past decades, by focusing on the escalating tide of violence as it impacts frontline workers.
Details the results of a survey of over 8,000 Canadian workers on their experience of domestic violence and the workplace. About a third of those surveyed had experienced, or were experiencing, domestic violence, and of these over half reporting domestic violence abuse was experienced at, or near, the workplace.
Workplace Violence Prevention Strategy is a multi-faceted approach for dealing with violence in workplaces in Nova Scotia. The strategy adopts a broad approach that engages employers and employees to ensure that workplaces remain safe and productive.
The intent of this research report (April 2015) is to recognize the mental health effects nurses experience as a result of their exposure to traumatic and critical incidents. An analysis on the diagnostic criteria of PTSD, combined with an accumulation of PTSD research, serve as the integral components of this report to form the basis to conclude that PTSD is an occupational illness directly related to the work environment of nurses.
Over a period of about 16 months, the Leadership Table and its Working Groups identified concrete ways to strengthen policy, legislations, standards, physical environments, measures and procedures, programs and training.
Government–stakeholder joint report, January 2017. On October 21, 2016, Premier Stephen McNeil and Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, announced a working group to examine safety protocols in community emergency departments. This working group produced a set of recommendations, included in this report, on preventing workplace violence.
The project’s purpose is to bring together stakeholders to address the high number of work-related injuries and illnesses among staff in the home care, long-term care and disability support sectors.
To inform the work currently underway to develop a Workplace Safety Action Plan for Nova Scotia’s Health and Community Services Sectors (with a focus on publicly funded home care, long-term care (LTC) and community services), consultations were conducted with stakeholders in the three sectors.
This report included research to identify best practices for improving health and safety in the home care, long-term care and community services sectors, and assessed the current state of workplace health and safety for these sectors in Nova Scotia.