The Nursing Home Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group in New Brunswick has developed a Prevention toolkit for the many workers who encounter violent behaviour carrying out the normal duties of their job.
The toolkit is the first phase of an ongoing initiative by the group to identify, develop and share training and resources to reduce incidents of violence in the workplace. It has been distributed to nursing homes across New Brunswick.
The first phase of the initiative encourages the reporting of all violent incidents. The message is unmistakable: "Violence is NOT part of the job."
"Nursing home workers have many risks but violence should not be one of them," said Gerard Adams, president and CEO of WorkSafeNB. "We're pleased to partner with leading nursing home organizations to help workers understand their rights."
The Nursing Home Workplace Violence Prevention Working Group is a collaboration of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH), the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU), WorkSafeNB and the New Brunswick Continuing Care Safety Association (NBCCSA).
Future phases will see the addition of tools to the kit and increased training on violence prevention for nursing home workers