Public polling shows 9 out 10 people in BC think more should be done to prevent violence against nurses. * The facts support the need for action on this issue. Violence in BC health care facilities has reached shocking levels, with nurses on the front line. Nurses are now more likely than law enforcement and security workers to have a violent injury claim.
On average, 26 nurses a month in BC suffer a violent injury at work. LPNs, RNs and RPNs alone account for 31% of injuries from acts of violence in BC. And those are just the accepted injury claims. In addition, research shows that violence in the health care industry is underreported by as much as 70%.
While these trends are alarming, they are entirely preventable. Nurses, like all BC workers, have the right to a safe workplace, which includes being protected against acts of violence. 95% of nurses polled in our province agree that 24/7 security at certain sites would reduce violence in the workplace. * Violence is not part of any nurse's job.
During the recent provincial election in May, all three political party leaders signed a pledge to advocate for a violence-free workplace for nurses.
It’s time for our new government to honour that pledge.
Tell them you support nurses’ call for a violence-free workplace. Tell them
it’s time to take action to provide the security to keep nurses safe.
This summer, over 10,000 postcards to our health minister have been signed by the public, endorsing nurses' call for safe workplaces
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