Nurse beaten at mental health centre

Monday October 24, 2016
Written by Staff
The Ontario Nurses’ Association reports that a registered nurse was assaulted and beaten on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto.

According to the association, the nurse was assaulted as she exited a room early on Sunday morning, punched in the face and then dragged into a locked utility room, where the male patient repeatedly kicked the nurse in the head.

"Our member might have been killed, but for the fact that another staff person witnessed the attack and called for assistance," says ONA first vice-president Vicki McKenna. "The RN suffered critical injuries and her sight may be permanently affected.”

Earlier this year, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health was fined $80,000 after pleading guilty to failing to implement procedures to protect a nurse from workplace violence related to a beating incident in 2014.

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