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B.C. nurses to begin filing charges against violent and aggressive patients

March 2, 2018
Vancouver Sun - Tiffany Crawford

B.C. nurses will begin pressing for charges against patients who hurt or abuse them, the president of the B.C. Nurses’ Union announced Tuesday.

Gayle Duteil said the union, which represents more than 43,000 nurses in the province, will pursue legal action when authorized by a nurse who has been injured on the job. The union is also creating a new support system for nurses who are physically or psychologically hurt.

A 24-hour, seven-day-a-week violence hotline will be set up for injured nurses to call, and the union will provide nurses with legal and financial resources if they choose to proceed with court action, said Duteil.

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