After the recent assault of a nurse at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, her coworkers will come together to stage a noon hour information picket outside of the facility on Wednesday.
The unnamed nurse was left with damage to her optic nerve, facial fractures, and multiple bruises after she was attacked by a male patient.
“No worker in Ontario should be afraid to go in to work for fear of being injured, but that’s the reality for thousands of mental health workers. We’re holding our information picket at CAMH today to tell the public that we’re on the job to treat patients, but we can’t do it if we’re not safe in the workplace.” – OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
The First Vice-President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association says she’s beyond angry and appalled about the most recent attack.
“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.