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Dear Colleagues,

After the tragic shooting last week in Raleigh, we are now processing news about a death of a provider in our local community. Yesterday, June Onkundi, a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Freedom House Recovery Center in Durham, was stabbed to death by a patient. June is a former Medical Center teammate who also worked on the psychiatry team at Wake Med. The murder of anyone, but especially a clinician by a patient in a work setting, is deeply tragic and unsettling.

June’s killing is a tragic example of the workplace violence that has become far too common in healthcare. I want to be clear: Violence is not a part of your job. Each of you deserve to be safe at work.

I also want to share a reminder of safety resources available for you.

Also, online you can find signage available to download, print and display in your units to emphasize the importance of a calm, healing and safe environment, as well as wellness resources that are available to you to use any time you need them.