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In long-term care it is increasingly apparent that who is on shift is just as important as how many staff are on shift. Quality care is difficult to achieve when we do not routinely engage with one another in a positive, or civil, manner.
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WorkSafeBC’s healthcare and social services planned inspection initiative focuses on high-risk activities in the workplace that lead to serious injuries and time-loss claims.
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WorkSafeBC is releasing a discussion paper with proposed amendments to the Current Rehabilitation Services and Claims Manual that guide wage rate decisions related to short-term and long-term disability compensation. Recommended amendments include: These changes may affect your claims costs. Click here to view the proposed changes and offer feedback to WorkSafeBC – The deadline is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, […]
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Q&A with Sue Higginbotham

May 8, 2018
Sue Higginbotham has facilitated violence prevention workshops for SafeCare BC for the past two years.

Sue Higginbotham has facilitated violence prevention workshops for SafeCare BC for the past two years. As a nurse for 40 years in two countries, Sue has seen a lot of violent incidents. This week, we learn more about her.

Q: What do you like most about teaching?
A: I enjoy the experiences that people bring to the workshops. I love the synergy that happens when healthcare staff get together away from the workplace and have the time and opportunity to reflect on how things are being done.

Q: Why are you passionate about the SafeCare BC programs and workshops?
A: Since the beginning of my career, I became interested in people who tried to hurt the people caring for them. I always knew that the causes were multifactoral and needed a diverse set of responses. I didn’t like how often care staff felt alone in trying to deal with this issue, and in many cases came to believe that being scratched, kicked, bitten and hit was part of their job. As a nurse manager, I made sure that I stood with the staff in trying to limit and deal with this behaviour.

Q: How would you describe your teaching style?
A: It is important to me to create a place of safety in the workshop, which allows for telling authentic stories and a chance to reflect on how some things might be done differently.

Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: I knew that education was key to making sense of the violence that care workers face. I am grateful for the work being done by Safecare BC and for the opportunity to facilitate the Provincial Violence Prevention Curriculum, which presents staff with a standardized approach to clients who exhibit violent behaviour.

Q: What do you hope participants get out of your workshops?
A: I always hope that participants will take away something they can try out in practice, leave with more confidence in their ability to handle violent situations and with an assertiveness that allows them to evaluate and suggest creative solutions to current practice.

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