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. Violence is not part of any nurse's job.
Tell the presidents and CEOs of BC's health authorities that they need to act immediately to ensure the safety of patient care and the nurses providing it, and to create a violence-free workplace.
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