Violence against nurses at Whyalla Hospital has reached alarming proportions with a staggering 22 assaults reported in just over 1 month in 2021, according to the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation's SA Branch.

Following concerns being raised by the ANMF, Whyalla Hospital management agreed to deploy additional nurses and restraint-trained staff on the ward of primary concern.

According to the ANMF, this resulted in fewer staff in other wards and increased episodes of violence. It also resulted in the restraint-trained orderly being removed from the emergency department where a multitude of previous incidents have been investigated by SafeWork SA.

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation's SA Branch has contacted SafeWork SA, calling for urgent action, and have encouraged all their members to notify their ANMF officer if you experience episodes of violence and aggression that you feel are not being resolved in your workplace.