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Consistent policies needed to deal with violence against health care workers: NSHA officials

Hospitals in Nova Scotia are dealing with rising rates of incidents of violence against health care workers and now policies are being brought in to deal with that.
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Hospitals in Nova Scotia are dealing with rising rates of incidents of violence against health care workers and now policies are being brought in to deal with that.

Global News reporting the province's health authority says in the past year, over 800 violent incidents were reported.

Vice-President of People and Organizational Development at NSHA Carmelle d'Entremont tells Global News consistent policies are needed across Nova Scotia.

"What we had with the merger of the health authority was we had various practices and various policies across nine former organizations that weren't necessarily consistent," said d'Entremont. "So one of our priorities this year was to look at developing that common policy framework."

Recommendations from a working group aimed at making hospitals safer have been brought forward which include a workplace violence prevention program to a system-wide data based system that could track violent events.

Nurses Union President Janet Hazleton says it's important that everyone understand it's not okay to yell or push nurses because someone has been waiting too long.

She says a culture change will only come when the health authority, unions and all Nova Scotians work together.




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