Industry Updates

The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

New CCOHS website for infectious disease preparedness

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety (CCOHS) has developed a new website aimed at providing guidance, advice and tools to help you plan, prepare, prevent and protect against infectious disease outbreaks.

Visit the site to access these great resources http://www.ccohs.ca/outbreaks/workplace/

Veterans hospital killings spotlight problem of violence against health care workers

March 19, 2018
NBC News - Elizabeth Chuck

The man's complaint seemed straightforward: He had come to the emergency room last June at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Massachusetts, for wrist pain that wouldn't quit.

The 24-year-old patient seemed anxious. But he didn't present any signs of being dangerous — red flags that nurse Elise Wilson had come to recognize over the course of her four-decade career. She had spent 35 years in the ER, where nurses encounter violence from patients or patients' relatives "almost on a daily basis," she said.

Wilson started entering the patient's vital information into a computer in a triage room. When she turned around, he was looming over her with a knife.

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Improving access to free English lessons

March 12, 2018
Alberta Government

With a two-year grant from the Alberta government, Learning English with CBC has improved its website to make it easier for newcomers to participate in its English language lessons. The lessons use news stories and interviews from around the province to help new Albertans learn about their communities.

The $153,566 grant will support a fully interactive website, which can be accessed on mobile devices for the first time. The stories are read at a slower pace to help learners better understand the content. To test their understanding of the stories, students of the program can submit answers and get immediate feedback.

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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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