Nurses ap­plaud Natyshak bill

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

Re: Natyshak bill aims to help emer­gency work­ers with PTSD, by Trevor Wil­helm, Sept. 15.

When the On­tario gov­ern­ment passed Bill 163 to give first re­spon­ders a more di­rect path to treat­ment for post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der (PTSD), there was a glar­ing omis­sion: the prov­ince’s nurses.

Just like po­lice and paramedics, nurses reg­u­larly face trauma as they work to keep On­tar­i­ans safe and healthy. They are also vic­tims of as­sault and other forms of vi­o­lence in their work­places. These sit­u­a­tions can have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects leav­ing nurses feel­ing vul­ner­a­ble and un­duly alone.

The Reg­is­tered Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario has re­peat­edly called on the gov­ern­ment to in­clude nurses in Bill 163, and so we ap­plaud MPP Taras Natyshak (NDP Es­sex) for his pri­vate mem­ber’s bill to right this wrong.

We urge the gov­ern­ment to give Mr. Natyshak’s bill the con­sid­er­a­tion it needs and add nurses to this im­por­tant piece of legislation.

Nurses de­serve the same rights as other first re­spon­ders so they can seek treat­ment for PTSD with­out hav­ing to jump through hoops to prove their ill­ness or jus­tify their need for care.

Nurses are al­ways by our side when we need them most. Let’s re­turn the favour.

Doris Grin­spun, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Reg­is­tered Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario, Toronto

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