December 14, 2015

Nurses to Blame for Violence at Work - Shadow Health Minister

The Queensland Nurses Union has bitten back at Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle's claims that nurses and midwives are to blame for the verbal abuse and physical assaults they suffer in the course of their work.

Queensland Nurses Union State Secretary and Nurse, Beth Mohle said the comments were insulting and ill-informed.

She added that these assaults against the predominately female workforce commonly occurred in aged care with dementia patients and in wards designed to assist patients experiencing psychosis and other mental health issues.

Violence is also experienced in Emergency Departments, Maternity Units, general wards and in the community.

Increased reports of hospital-related violence are in part due to a campaign to encourage staff to make all incidents known.

The current Health Minister Cameron Dick recently answered the QNU's call for action and a task force is being formed that will involve nurses, midwives and other Queensland Health staff to continue the QNU's efforts on this vitally important issue.

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