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One third of nurses (34%) say that patient safety has declined where they work,

Not only nurses need to be kept safe on the job-but so do the patients in the health care system and the residents in the continuing care system. It's not only the nurses who need better staff:resident ratios--its the patients/residents as well.

New survey shows safe patient care declining, workplace violence increasing

By United Nurses of Alberta June 8, 2017 10:35 (Last updated June 8, 2017 11:11)
CFNU President Linda Silas
June 8, 2017 (CALGARY) – A new national survey of Canada’s nurses, released today in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions discussion paper, Enough Is Enough: Putting a Stop to Violence in the Health Care Sector, shows that the majority believe patient safety is declining, or not improving, and workplace violence in health care is a serious and growing problem. Many of those surveyed have considered a job or career change, according to survey results.
During her President’s Address at the CFNU’s Biennial Convention, Linda Silas unveiled the results of this survey of over 2,000 nurses and released the report to approximately 1,200 nurses gathered in Calgary for CFNU’s Biennium. The survey results revealed that during the past 12 months:
  • One third of nurses (34%) say that patient safety has declined where they work, 46% say it has stayed the same; just 20% say it has improved. Nurses in Ontario and Saskatchewan were more likely than those in other provinces to say their patients are not safe.
  • The majority of nurses responding (61%) say they have experienced serious problems in the workplace, related to violence, including physical assault, bullying, verbal abuse and racial/sexual harassment. By contrast, a January 2016 national poll conducted by Vector Poll found that just 15% of employees in other sectors experienced serious problems with physical assaults, verbal threats, bullying or other kinds of abuse over a two-year period.
  • A full two thirds of nurses (66%) pondered leaving their job to work for a different employer or in a different occupation. Ontario nurses are the most likely to have considered a career or job change (70%). Nurses aged 25 to 34 years are the most likely to have contemplated a job change.
The discussion paper, Enough Is Enough, raises the alarm and highlights the need for urgent action to increase nurse staffing levels and implement an action plan to keep nurses safe on the job.
“Enough is enough,” said CFNU President Linda Silas. “We know that the cost of workplace violence in Ontario hospitals alone is $23.8 million annually. These funds would be better invested in patient care and safety for both our patients and our nurses.”
She adds that as the acuity level of hospital patients continues to rise, cuts to nursing positions are driving nurses to rethink their career choice, just as they are needed most. “The CFNU is calling for a zero-tolerance approach to violence in health care workplaces,” Silas said.
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is Canada’s largest nurses’ organization representing nearly 200,000 nurses and student nurses. The CFNU has been advocating for national discussions on key health priorities, such as a national prescription drug plan, a comprehensive approach to long-term and continuing care, greater attention to health human resources, and federal government engagement on the future of public health care.
For more information, contact:
Emily Doer, CFNU Communications Officer, (613) 807-1340
David Cournoyer, Communications Advisor, United Nurses of Alberta, (780) 913-1563

David Climenhaga, Communications Advisor, United Nurses of Alberta, (780) 717-2943

June 8, 2017 (CALGARY) - One third of nurses (34%) say that patient safety has declined where they work.

Julie Ali
 Failures to communicate with families is a real problem in the continuing care system. The family may raise concerns that do not get resolved and repeated complaints are ignored. Failure to follow the complaint resolution policy leads to distrust and when this happens, the relationship between the care providers and the cared for is impaired. It's important for organizations to follow their own complaint resolution processes and not use retribution via the Trespass to Premises legislation for spurious reasons. Vulnerable residents need their advocates and without them are placed in an untenable situation. In a recent case of banning, the husband was banned for a year. For what? Good question. Sometimes these work place violence situations are not about abuse at all but rather about controlling families so that they do not go on about care concerns. Stephen Tucker added 4 new photos — with Tammilee Rideout-Tucker.
April 27 · 
PLEASE SHARE!!!! It breaks by heart to have my mom in a emergency room bed were at least dad can now visit her . A care home in grande prairie has abused my mom for the last time . We are now taking up space in an emergency room while awaiting for a doctor to help us find a spot . The care home today slammed the door in my face as I tried to talk to them. As I had to remove mom s belongings out of there so the abuse can't continue. Dad fought with them for years with documentation and pics plenty of proof to put them under . But everyone turns a blind eye to the abuse and call it un founded . The judge without any looking at foundings or proof just say your banned and any further cost comes to dad? How does a retirement man pay for lawyer fees. I want this banning my dad from the care home for a full year without visiting rights to go viral . He has legal guardianship to be her voice from a court but means nothing . How does the justice system work ? She cannot speak for herself . Please share the shit outta this . Media here I come.

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Julie Ali
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While there should be zero tolerance for any sort of abuse I am curious whether nurses consider the abuse faced by residents and their families in the form of banning. Why are nurses not speaking about these abuses?
We have asked the GOA for a transparent system with reference to the banning business with tickets issued and banning documented in a public registry. We have asked for access to justice for banned advocates. No luck.
Instead we are given by Sarah Hoffman a banning policy and an internal to AHS appeal process.
Not good enough.
When the nurses think about abuse--its not just abuse of the nurses they should consider. They should consider the neglect and abuse of residents that nurses are afraid to complain about to authorities or simply don't do. They should consider the abuse of family members who are banned from seeing residents as in the case of the Tucker family of Grande Prairie. They should think about advocates like Ruth Adria -a nurse herself -who faced retribution for speaking about the abuse, neglect and fatalities in the continuing care system. Abuse goes two ways. Nurses and those being nursed.

June 8, 2017 (CALGARY) – A new national survey of Canada’s nurses, released today in conjunction...

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