B.C. Nurses Union president Gayle Duteil is calling for better security measures in hospital emergency rooms after an incident yesterday in Grand Forks.
Duteil says the man walked in through the ambulance bay into Boundary District Hospital, pulled out a gun and shot himself.
She says the man is recovering in a Vancouver-area hospital, but adds the staff have been left shaken.
“No other staff were injured, they’re certainly traumatised, when he pulled the revolver nurses were scattering.”
“It was very distressing to the nurses on shift and to everyone in the community. This is a very small community.”
And she says nurses are facing more violence on the job than ever, more than even police officers.
“The topic of violence has been a discussion between health authorities and government for a period of time. We have to take action. We’re going to have to be a little more proactive, and the government is going to have to step up with resources.”
The BCNU is also praising the quick thinking of staff and front line workers, adding small communities are not immune to the growing number of violent incidents.
Duteil says Interior Health counsellors are assisting the nurses.