TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is today
remembering the registered nurses, allied health professionals and
thousands of other Ontario workers who have lost their lives or
suffered injury as the province marks the 2011 Day of Mourning.
ONA's 57,000 members will remember registered nurses Heather Taylor, who
died when she acquired an infectious disease while working in London,
Lori Dupont, who was murdered by a colleague while working in Windsor,
and Toronto RNs Nelia Larosa and Tecla Lin who contracted SARS while
working during the outbreak.
"This time to remember our colleagues and fellow registered nurses is
vital," believes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "Nurses
continue to be among the most injured and ill of all professionals
because of the high occupational health and safety hazards we encounter
daily while caring for our patients. This fact, combined with heavy
workloads and the risk of workplace violence as patients and their
families grow frustrated with wait times, makes nursing an often
Nurses will mark the day at events in every corner of the province,
including Windsor and Toronto. In Toronto, ONA nurses will attend the
Day of Mourning event Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square at noon.
The Ontario Nurses' Association is the union representing 57,000
registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 12,000
nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
For further information:
| || || || Ontario Nurses' Association |
| Sheree Bond || || || (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430 or Cell: (416) 926-8240 |
| Ruth Featherstone || || || (416) 964-8833, ext. 2267 |