New measures to boost nurse safety

B.C. nurses and the health ministry collaborate on initiatives to reduce assaults at hospitals, including Forensic in Port Coquitlam

Staff working at Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam and three other B.C. hospitals will be safer thanks to a $2-million commitment to enhance security measures and training announced Thursday by the provincial government and the BC Nurses Union.

Among the benefits of the cost-shared program will be the replacement of a distress alert system at the forensic hospital and enhanced training and mentoring.

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"We are pleased the Ministry of Health is working with us to create safer worksites for nurses," BC Nurses Union president Gayle Duteil said in a press release. "These actions provide the first steps in protecting some nurses from assaults and injury. We look forward to further collaboration at other sites throughout the province.

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