Via CBC News: B.C. nurses endure 10 'code whites' a day for aggression. Excerpt:
A CBC investigation has found incidents involving violent or potentially violent patients known as 'code whites' happen at least ten times a day in B.C.'s hospitals.
A major investigation is underway in Kamloops, B.C. after a nurse was assaulted on a psychiatric ward at the Hillside Centre in December.
B.C. Nurses Union regional chair Tracy Quewezance says the incident started with a psychiatric patient's simple request for toast.
"[The nurse] had indicated that she was just busy with another patient and that she would be with him in a minute and the patient assaulted her, punched her in the face, held her down by her hair," says Quewezance.
Top 5 hospitals for 'code whites' in 2013
• Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria - 384
• Nanaimo Regional General Hospital - 351
• Hillside Centre in Kamloops - 288
• Vancouver General Hospital - 275
• Kelowna General Hospital - 198
Quewezance says it took several workers to pull the man off of her. The man had been transferred to Kamloops from Colony Farm, a secure forensic mental hospital.
Nurses say he had a long history of violence that was not clearly documented on his chart.
"A week prior to that a nurse was kicked in the knee by this gentleman while she was trying to clean his room. Two days before this incident, he attacked another nurse as well," Quewezance said.
She says the man cannot handle being told "no" but the nurse on shift learned that the hard way.