Take Action to Include Nurses in Federal PTSD Framework Bill

June 8, 2017

Nurses, like other frontline workers, are often exposed to workplace trauma causing PTSD or PTSD symptoms

Canadian nurses provide high quality frontline health care in hospitals and communities across Canada. Unfortunately exposure to patient trauma as well as physical and verbal abuse can cause serious mental health injuries, such as PTSD.

  •  Manitoba research revealed 1/4 nurses suffer from PTSD symptoms resulting from workplace trauma
  •  Nurses are 4 times more likely to suffer from PTSD than the rest of the population


Bill C-211, An Act to Establish a Federal Framework on PTSD, is currently being debated in Canada’s Parliament. The bill’s sponsor, Conservative MP Todd Doherty, wants the federal PTSD framework in his bill to apply exclusively to first responders, military personnel, veterans, RCMP and corrections officers. Doherty has stated that nurses and other frontline health care workers would not be covered by his federal PTSD framework.

It is wrong to exclude nurses from a federal PTSD framework. We need action.

Click “TAKE ACTION” now to tell federal legislators and the Minister of Health that excluding nurses from a Canada-wide PTSD framework is unacceptable.

Click “TAKE ACTION” now to tell MP Doherty that nurses and other frontline health workers also suffer from high rates of PTSD.


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