WINDSOR – The innovative video violence awareness campaign developed by Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Local 8 members has been highlighted for delegates from around the globe attending the Sixth International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector.
“I am so proud of the innovative work being done by ONA Local 8 nurses to raise awareness about the very real issue of workplace violence,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “Their work was featured at this important international conference and is an example of positive action to reduce the violence that front-line nurses and health-care professionals face each day.”
ONA Local 8 Coordinator Susan Sommerdyk, RN, says the third video in this innovative campaign launches today and can be viewed here:
Sommerdyk notes that, “We are professionals who care about our patients’ safety. Our challenge is to bring the issue of workplace violence to the top of peoples’ minds and keep it there. We want to be ensure our workplaces are free of violence, both for us on the front lines, and most importantly, for our patients’ safety.”
McKenna said that new statistics show that violence in health-care workplaces continues to increase on a year-by-year basis. “The work of our Local 8 members is invaluable in raising awareness of violence against nurses, and I applaud their excellent work.”
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.