Violence against health care staff is extensive, and ongoing. OCHU fights to end this violence by working with researchers, policy-makers, management, and members.

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Surge in violence against staff, “creates toxic work environment” deepening Ontario’s hospital staffing crisis

TORONTO, ON – Increasing violence directed at hospital staff is among factors driving the worsening staffing shortage in Ontario’s health sector, say two unions representing nearly 70,000 hospital workers province-wide. According to the Canadian Union of Public...

OCHU RPN on CBC’s The Current

Click here to listen to RPN Sonja Bernhard and Code White researcher/writer Jim Brophy talk about the violence faced by health care workers on CBC’s The Current.

In timely new book Code White Canadian researchers expose ugly truths, urge cures about violence against health care workers: media conference September 1

TORONTO, ON - Before the COVID pandemic hit, researchers Dr. Margaret Keith and Dr. James Brophy began ground-breaking work on violence against hospital and long-term care workers. Today, with nurses reporting an increase in violence fueled by the world health crisis,...

Navigating Attacks Against Health Care Workers in the COVID-19 Era

A week and a half after Chicago’s COVID-19 lockdown began in 2020, a nurse on a bus ride home from her hospital shift felt the brunt of the pandemic. But it didn’t come in the form of treating an onslaught of patients with SARS-CoV-2—she hadn’t been assigned to care...

‘Everyone is terrified’: What’s behind workplace violence at Newmarket’s Southlake hospital?

“The number of code white alarm calls at Southlake, sounded when someone is at risk of violence, rose from 402 in 2015-16 to 653 in 2016-17. In 2017-18, there were 549 calls.”

‘Happens too often’: Stabbing of HSN nurse by patient highlights pervasive violence in health care sector

Nurse received serious injuries after being stabbed with screwdriver; 62-year-old man charged with assault A recent incident at Health Sciences North involving an employee being stabbed by a patient highlights the pervasive nature of violence in Ontario health-care...

Newsletter – May 27

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Bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace reintroduced

France Gelinas MPP re-introduces bill to protect workers who report or speak up about violence against staff in the workplace. Download Bill 111Download speaking_out_about_workplace_violence_and_workplace_harassment_act_2019_...Download

Violence in long-term care homes prompts fears of staffing crisis

Workers in long-term care homes are reporting unprecedented levels of assault and harassment, contributing to a turnover rate that is leaving the industry at risk of a staffing crisis, a new study says. Read and watch more on CTV.

Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff

A new report from James Brophy, Margaret Keith, and Michael Hurley Direct resident care in long-term care facilities is carried out predominantly by personal support workers and registered practical nurses, the majority of whom are women. They experience physical,...

Kingston Violence conference a major success

40 participants from Kingston healthcare organizations attended a conference on Violence in Healthcare on March 2 at City hall in Kingston. Presenters included Dr. Margaret Keith and Dr. James Brophy; Sharon Richer, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Council of...