Staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees at long-term care facilities in Ontario continue to report high levels of violence in the workplace.
The union on Monday morning presented a peer-reviewed, investigative studied entitled “Breaking Point: Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff” and a member poll called “Violence Against Long-Term Care Staff Poll Results.” Sue Moore, a registered practical nurse in long-term care and president of CUPE Local 3014, explained the violence is at the hands of both patients and their families.
“I am fully aware and clear about violence being a risk to all of us who dedicate ourselves to a career in health care,” Moore said on Monday. “However, I do not believe, nor should anyone believe, that violence is part of the job. We deserve to work in a safe environment where our safety is a priority.”