Nurses are the backbone of our health care system, providing vital care and support for British Columbians in hospitals, long-term care facilities and community settings. Each of us rely on nurses to preserve our lives, health and safety during this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As BC begins to lift COVID-19 restrictions, re-open social spaces, and re-schedule postponed surgeries, the health and safety of our nurses is paramount.
In addition to being on the front lines of a global health pandemic with concerns around access to personal protective equipment (PPE), nurses across the province continue to struggle with the ongoing challenges of an understaffed health care system, with 50% of nurses reporting high levels of burnout.
You can help by making sure BC's nurses are protected while they work to save lives.
Support BC's nurses by writing to your MLA today to ensure all nurses who are exposed to, or test positive for COVID-19 are compensated immediately through WorkSafeBC's presumptive coverage.
You can customize the letter below before sending it to your MLA. A copy of the email will be sent to Hon. Harry Bains, Minister of Labour; Hon. Adrian Dix, Minister of Health; Norm Letnick, BC Liberal Health Critic; John Martin, BC Liberal Labour Critic; and, Adam Olsen, Green Party, Interim Leader.
It's time to take care of those, who take care of you.
A 2020 UBC psychological health and safety workplace study found that over 50% of nurses reported high levels of burnout.
The 2018 BC Labour Market Outlook projects BC needs upwards of 25,000 more nurses by 2030 to staff BC's health care system.
Statistics from WorkSafeBC show that of all industries that have registered COVID-19 claims, 65% are from acute and long term care facilities and nurses represent 28% of the applications for compensation.*
BC Centre for Disease Control statistics show as of June 8, 2020, 136 nurses have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and account for just over 20% of coronavirus cases among health care workers in BC.
An internal poll of BCNU members in May 2020 show that 1 out of 4 nurses do not feel they have easy access to PPE when they need it.
According to WorkSafeBC the health care industry continues to be one of the most hazardous for workers in BC**. Data from 2015 shows that an average of 26 nurses per month suffered a violent injury on the job***.
*WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Claims Data by Industry
**WorkSafeBC Annual Reports, 2018,
**BCNU Violence Prevention Brief, June 2019
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