Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nurses, Doctors and Scientists Are Canada’s Most Respected Professionals

Only one-in-four Canadians have a positive opinion of politicians.
June 15th, 2017  

Vancouver, BC – For the second year in a row, nurses are the most respected professionals in the country, a new Canada-wide Insights West poll has found.

In the online survey of a representative national sample, 92% of Canadians say they have a positive opinion of nurses—exactly the same proportion who felt this way about this particular profession in the 2016 Insights West survey.

More than four-in-five Canadians outline positive views on doctors (89%, +4 since 2016), scientists (89%, +3), farmers (88%, -3), veterinarians (88%, +1), architects (87%, +4), teachers (85%, =), engineers (84%, +2), accountants (81%, +2) and dentists (81%, +3).

More than two thirds of Canadians hold seven other professionals in high regard: police officers (76%, =), auto mechanics (74%, +4), psychiatrists (73%, +9), military officers (73%, +4), judges (72%, +7), athletes (71%, -1) and actors and artists (68%, -5).

The ranking is slightly lower for journalists (62%, +4), priests and ministers (59%, +3), building contractors (54%, -3), lawyers (50%, +2), realtors and real estate agents (50%, +1), bankers (50%, -3) and business executives (47%, -1).

Pollsters are seen in a positive light by a third of Canadians (34%, =) while fewer feel the same way about car salespeople (28%, -2) and politicians (24%, +1).

Politicians are at the top of the list as far as negative perceptions are concerned (72%, +1), followed by car salespeople (66%, +5), pollsters (48%, +6), business executives (47%, +4) and lawyers (46%, +1).

“As was the case in 2016, politicians and car salespeople are not particularly revered by Canadians,” says Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs, at Insights West. “Still, there are some subtle differences across provinces and age groups when it comes to other professions.”

In Quebec, 54% of residents have a negative opinion of lawyers, significantly higher than the Canadian average of 46%. Albertans are more likely to have a negative opinion of pollsters (54%, compared to 48% across Canada). British Columbians are more likely to hold negative views on realtors (54%, compared to the Canadian average of 45%).
Half of Canadians aged 18-to-34 have a negative opinion of business executives (51%, compared to 47% among all Canadians) and bankers (50%, compared to 45% among all Canadians).

About Insights West:
Insights West is a progressive, Western-based, full-service marketing research company. It exists to serve the market with insights-driven research solutions and interpretive analysis through leading-edge tools, normative databases, and senior-level expertise across a broad range of public and private sector organizations. Insights West is based in Vancouver and Calgary.
Most of our surveys are conducted through our Your Insights panel. The Your Insights panel is comprised of 30,000 Canadians who share their opinions on a variety of political, economic, social and other issues while earning the opportunity to get paid and win great prizes. If you’re interested in joining, please register at yourinsights.ca.

About this Release:
Results are based on an online study conducted from May 26 to June 2, 2017, among a representative sample of 1,257 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 2.8 percentage points. View the detailed data tabulations.

For further information, please contact:
Mario Canseco
Vice President, Public Affairs, Insights West

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Front-Line Nurses Left Unprotected from Violence: ONA says it’s time to invest in prevention instead of legal fees and fines


August 17, 2017

BROCKVILLE – Following the levy of a $75,000 fine against the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre for failing to reassess the risk of violence after a registered nurse was repeatedly stabbed and critically injured at its Brockville site, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says the province needs to invest in taking proactive measures to keep nurses safe.

“Let’s stop wasting taxpayers’ money in legal fees and fines where employers such as this one fail in their duties,” said ONA Region 2 Vice-President Cathryn Hoy, RN, “and instead make them invest in the measures proven to make a difference. ONA was deeply disappointed when Justice Richard Knott dismissed three of the four charges against this employer, and while the $75,000 fine is substantial, it will not change this employer’s behaviour.”

ONA believes the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care should invest in safe staffing levels, training health-care managers about their day-to-day safety obligations, invest in authentic occupational health and safety cultures and systems, instead of sending the message that health-care employers will not really be held accountable under the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to keep their workers safe.

“Judge Knott gets some credit for upping the ante of non-compliance with this substantial fine,” says Hoy. “However, this case made it clear that the court does not understand the very limited right to refuse unsafe work of registered nurses.

The written court decision in this case “appears to suggest that nurses, not the employer, are responsible for their own safety,” she says. “Despite specifying that the risk of violence in the unit where our RN was stabled multiple times ‘is as high or higher than almost anywhere imaginable for nurses,’ the judge cited ‘employee responsibilities to use reasonable precautions…and be vigilant for the potential for violence.’ The decision points out that ‘no one refused to work with the patient’’ as important information for dismissing four out of five charges. Clearly, the court system is unaware of the extensive regulatory requirements of RNs that limit their ability to refuse to care for their patients, nor the commitment we have as regulated professionals in caring for our patients.”

According to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board statistics, Ontario health-care workers are 68 times more likely to be physically injured from violent attacks than miners and construction workers.

“The late-Justice Archie Campbell noted that health-care workplaces are as dangerous as mines and factories,” said Hoy. “In his post-SARS report, he emphasized that health-care employer systems for protecting workers fall short of industrial health and safety systems. Nurses should have the same expectation of legal protection from workplace harm and not have to fear for their lives while providing the quality care our patients need and deserve.”

ONA is the union representing 64,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as almost 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.