TORONTO, November 14, 2005 – The nursing community is in shock and mourning following the weekend murder of one of its colleagues who worked at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital in Windsor.
“The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of RN Lori Dupont and offers its sympathy and support to her colleagues at Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital,” said RNAO president Joan Lesmond, adding that RNAO has been in contact with nurses in the Windsor area to determine how best to help.
“This tragic event is a grisly reminder of the pervasive abuse and violence that women face in our society – inside and outside the workplace. It reinforces the critical importance of effective sexual harassment and violence prevention programs everywhere, including health-care facilities,” said Lesmond.
RNAO executive director Doris Grinspun said RNAO will continue to insist that prevention of abuse and violence against women become a top priority for government, employers, citizens, and society at large. Grinspun said as Canadians prepare to observe the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6th, they must resolve to do all they can – in words and deeds -- to prevent further violence against women.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.