FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FREDERICTON, N.B. – The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) is hosting its annual Executive Council meeting in Fredericton this week. More than 140 registered nurses are in attendance from various nursing sectors across the province.
A recent survey by MQO Research found that 54 per cent of registered nurses in New Brunswick experienced some form of workplace violence in 2016. “New Brunswick is the only province where workplace violence is not recognized as a workplace hazard under occupational health and safety legislation. This is despite the advocacy work done by NBNU and other labour organizations over the past decade,” said Paula Doucet, NBNU president.
Due to the correlation between workplace violence and PTSD, NBNU strongly advocated for the inclusion of registered nurses in PTSD presumptive legislation. Disappointingly, nursing was not listed as a profession covered in this legislation that was passed by the provincial government in the spring of 2016.
Dr. Tim Christie, Professor Stéphanie Maillet and Manitoba Nurses Union president, Sandi Mowat, will present on workplace violence, compassion fatigue and PTSD and how they can be interrelated. “Registered nurses want to have a better understanding of the impact these issues have on us and learn about effective ways to address them,” said Doucet.
“NBNU has been lobbying government to do their part and enact workplace violence legislation since our Annual Meeting in October. To date, we have seen minimal commitment from Minister Arseneault and Premier Gallant” added Doucet. “It is past time for them to do the right thing and ensure that all workers in this province are protected and supported against this serious risk.”
The New Brunswick Nurses Union represents 6900 registered nurses working in hospitals, nursing homes and community healthcare clinics.
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