A nurse suffered critical injuries Sunday morning after she was beaten by a patient at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
A male patient attacked her as she walked out of a room; she was punched in the face and then dragged into a locked utility room, where she was kicked in the head several times.
The First Vice-President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association says she’s beyond angry and appalled.
“Our member might have been killed, but for the fact that another staff person witnessed the attack and called for assistance. The RN suffered critical injuries and her sight may be permanently affected. This was yet another very serious event in a long line of workplace violence incidents at CAMH, yet this employer continues to display its laissez-fair attitude to workplace safety and its obligation to protect staff.” – Ontario Nurses’ Association First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN.
McKenna also accuses CAMH of failing to immediately notify the Ministry of Labour of the incident, which is required by law.
“CAMH is particularly notorious for its delays in taking action to make this workplace safer. CAMH needs to address staffing levels to improve safety and come to the table and participate in actions to improve safety for the staff. We cannot continue to sit back and wait for an RN to be murdered before this employer is forced to take action.”
McKenna is pushing to have the Ministry hold the senior leaders, who are responsible for keeping staff safe at the facility, held personally accountable for this and other incidents.
The Ministry has not offered any comment on the matter.