Patient at East Coast Forensic Hospital charged after pregnant nurse assaulted: police

Halifax Regional Police confirm they are investigating an assault against an employee that occurred at the East Coast Forensic Hospital. File/ Global News

A 28-year-old woman has been charged after a pregnant nurse was allegedly attacked at the East Coast Forensic Hospital in April.

Halifax Regional Police say Jane Patricia O’Donnell has been charged with aggravated assault and uttering threats.

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The charges were laid after the nurse — who was 33 weeks pregnant at the time — was hospitalized after allegedly being attacked by a patient.

Shortly after the altercation, Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union President Jason MacLean renewed his call for the health authority to conduct an investigation into violence in the workplace.

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MacLean claimed the nurse was left “completely vulnerable” because her personal security alarm was “not within reach and held together with masking tape.”

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Nova Scotia Health Authority CEO Janet Knox responded by saying this was a “very serious incident” and their first concern is “with the woman and her family.”

Police say O’Donnell was scheduled to appear in court May 2.

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