Sophie Kennedy (not her real name) is tired of heading to work fearing for her life.

“It’s terrible, I’m telling you, it’s terrible,” the Southlake Regional Health Centre nurse said. “It’s scary to go into work sometimes; you don’t know what’s going to happen. You go just praying to God you will be safe enough to go home that night.”

Kennedy said she has been grabbed by the badge on her uniform, hit with a wheelchair and had large scratches on her arm after patient attacks.

“Everyone is terrified, it’s very unorganized and (nurses) don’t feel like we have any control,” she added. “You walk in and it’s full, everyone is everywhere, you lose your charts, you don’t know who your patients are, it’s so disorganized. We tell (management) it’s unsafe all the time and it falls on deaf ears.”