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Nurses want in on PTSD bill for first responders

Ontario nurses face many of the same dangers and horrors as first responders but are excluded from new legislation designed to strengthen protections for workplace Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, their union says.

“Nurses walk into situations, or run into situations, they don’t run away from them,” Vicki McKenna, of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, said Monday. “We have nurses that go into people’s homes, we have nurses working on the street, working along with police and paramedic teams.”

Bill 163 — to be voted on in the legislature on Tuesday — would deem PTSD a workplace-related illness for paramedics, firefighters and police officers, as well as nurses and officers working in jails.

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