- ‘Nurses should not be wondering if today is the day that they will be verbally or physically harmed at work.’
- A recent survey by the P.E.I. Nurses’ union means that 53 percent of its members have undergone violence in the workplace.
Violence against healthcare workers on P.E.I. has become so dominant that a Liberal MLA requests the region to improve hospital safety so doctors and nurses can do their jobs.
Gord McNeilly said the Queen Elizabeth Hospital emergency unit team told him they didn’t feel secure.
“They’re being terrorized; there have been physical happenings,” he stated. “Security and safety must be important first, so they can do the jobs they’re employed to do.”
Allison Wyatt of Health P.E.I. said it’s a concern across Canada.
“It could be physical and spoken, and we’re trying to do our best to teach the staff how to handle those types of systems.”
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A federal law was enacted on Jan. 16 to protect health workers and patients from dangers, violence, and harassment.
But the Medical Society of P.E.I. said as the region guides its third year of the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare workers are “seeing a worried, tired and frustrated society.”
“We know patients are nervous, and they deserve convenient health care,” the society said in an email to CBC News.
“At the same time, it’s essential to recognize that behind every mask is not only a health care worker but a human being who shows up daily to deliver the best care feasible to you. They deserve to work in a place where they feel secure.” Security and staff ought to work together, Wyatt stated.
“Hopefully, you get to the end of de-escalation before you ever get to any hands-on scenario, but if you do get to a hands-on design, then everyone ought to have a common understanding of how that’s going to go.”
Source – cbc.ca