WATCH: Ontario Nurses Create Haunting Video of Life Behind the Scenes


No Room to Grieve is a haunting look at what it's like to be a nurse working in today's healthcare system.

The short film, made in Windsor by the Ontario Nurses Association Local 8, released a short trailer this week with the main release set for Sept. 9.

ONA Local 8 Coordinator at Registered Nurse, Susan Sommerdyk, says the project shows the long-term impact of everyday trauma experienced by registered nurses and health-care professionals on the job.

"They are exposed to very traumatic events that sometimes leave us needing help," she says. "We're heroes but we're human."

She says lasting workplace trauma, or PTSD is part of the job and nurses need to know help is out there.

"Today we're like, they're allowed their feelings that are not part of the job and there's nothing wrong if they didn't handle it as if it was nothing," says Sommerdyk. "So we created a webpage for them to go to get some help."


"No Room to Grieve" - Short Film Teaser from Jendo Shabo on Vimeo.


This final short film shows the lasting impact of chronic workplace trauma, and reminds nurses and health-care providers that help is available.

"Persons yelling at us through our jobs, an actual attack demonstrating what happens to nurses and then the aftermath of the nurse getting up and having to go back to work," added Sommerdyk

The ONA has also partnered with a number of health-care organizations, including the Essex-Windsor Emergency Medical Services, Erie Shores Health Care, Hotel Dieu Healthcare, Windsor Regional Hospital, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Hiatus House and the Canadian Mental Health Association. 

The Local will also launch a webpage dedicated to helping front-line registered nurses access support if they are suffering from PTSD. 


With files from Rob Hindi