Nova Scotia Nurses Say There Are Still Issues In The Workplace

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The NSNU Headquarters in Burnside. Photo: Google Maps

Nurses in Nova Scotia still have battles left to fight when it comes to multiple issues in their field.

Close to 280 nurses and nursing students from across the province are set to meet at the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union’s Annual General Meeting in Truro this week.

The organization also recently announced that Janet Hazelton was elected as the President of the Board of Directors of the NSNU, making this her eighth straight term.

Hazelton, who was elected to the position in 2002, says there is still much work to be done regarding multiple topics at hand, including emergency department wait times, staffing for long-term care facilities, and workplace violence.

“Workplace violence is still prevalent, our emergency departments are bursting at the seams, privatization is a pervasive threat, staffing in long term care is far too low, and more must be done in the community to optimize care for those dealing with illness in their homes,” Hazelton said.

The President of the NSNU also says she continues to be upset with the treatment of thousands of nurses across the province.

“Most people will think, ‘well, it’s probably confused alzheimers patients,’ but that’s not so. Increasingly, we have patient’s families, visitors and relatives that feel it is appropriate to hit, slap, punch, kick, spit on a nurse”.

The President of the Union says she is prepared to fight with the same level of enthusiasm that got her elected to the position over ten years ago, and is proud to represent the province’s nurses.

“I am very honoured to represent nurses across the province. The Nurses’ Union has a long history of fighting for safer working conditions for nurses and fair wages. Nurses are the backbone of this organization and of our health care system. I am proud to be part of this history.”

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