TORONTO, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA),
the union representing 53,000 front-line registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community and industry, are joining with others to mark the
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, notes that as nurses mark this day
of remembrance, RNs are also awaiting the recommendations of a coroner's jury
in Windsor, who have just heard weeks of testimony about the workplace murder
of Lori Dupont, RN.
"Our members were horrified when Lori was brutally stabbed to death at
the hands of anesthetist Marc Daniel," says Haslam-Stroud. "The issue of
violence against women is a personal one to all of us, and we hope that the
jury's recommendations - when released - will be acted upon by health-care
facilities and government, and keep women in health care safer from attacks."
In addition to marking the day, some ONA members are speaking at rallies
and events to mark December 6. ONA notes that nurses - who are predominantly
women - are the victims of workplace violence far more than even police or
firefighters. ONA is looking for the precautionary principle - the directive
to err on the side of caution - to be embedded in the Occupational Health and
Safety Act to better protect front-line workers from attack.
Last month in Toronto, three nurses were violently attacked by unstable
and unpredictable patients at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Two
required surgery, having suffered a broken jaw and a broken shoulder.
For further information:
For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369