Letter to the Editor: Queensland Nurses fear for Bluecare residents

Published: Comments:
Business & Economy Community Employment & Training Health & Wellness

Social:   

I write to detail grave concerns for elderly Queenslanders housed with BlueCare.
 
On July 18, the once-trusted aged care provider announced they would greatly reduce the number of experienced Registered Nurses (RNs) and Enrolled Nurses (ENs) at three Bundaberg aged care facilities.
 
On the same day, management announced Personal Carers would soon become responsible for administering and monitoring often complex combinations of medications. If incorrectly administered, these medications have the potential to cause harm to vulnerable residents.
 
Personal Carers provide a valuable assistive role in aged care. However, with just six hours training and limited knowledge of pharmacology, they cannot safely administer or monitor the effects of resident medications.
 
The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) holds very real concerns for the wellbeing of BlueCare residents in Bundaberg - and anywhere else where BlueCare attempt to replace degree-trained RNs or ENs with carers.
 
I urge anyone with a loved one with BlueCare to ask the BlueCare Manager in their area for a guarantee nurse numbers will not be reduced.
 
Those paying BlueCare to provide medical attention have every right to request that their mother, father or relative does not receive medication from a Personal Carer.
 
They also have the right to request a staff roster, to ask how many nurses are rostered on during the day and at night (if any) and to ask why nurse numbers are being greatly reduced.
 
We ask anyone with concerns to sign the QNMU's petition against BlueCare at https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/support-blue-care-nursing-staff
 
Yours Sincerely,

Beth Mohle
Secretary
Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union
Web: www.qnmu.org.au

 
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) :
GPO Box 1289, Brisbane Q 4001, Queensland Wide
07 3840 1444
1800 177 273
07 3844 9387
Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU)
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union Letter to the Editor 01 November 2017 | Queensland nurses and midwives have demanded opposition leader Tim Nicholls today guarantee he will not cut a single hospital or health service job if the LNP win. More information...
Nurses call for ratios in aged care and hospitals 24 October 2017 | The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) has called for the introduction of legislated nurse numbers in aged care facilities. More information...
Blue Care fast track reduction in care 07 September 2017 | Queensland’s largest aged care provider Blue Care has this week fast-tracked corporate plans to reduce the quality of care they provide to elderly Queenslanders. More information...
BlueCare and Elder Neglect 09 August 2017 | I write in response to BlueCare's decision to cut aged care nurses. There is no valid excuse for reducing the already dangerously low number of nurses in Queensland aged care facilities. More information...
BluCare cut aged care nurses 08 August 2017 | QUEENSLAND’S largest aged care provider has cut more than half their Bundaberg aged care Enrolled Nurses (ENs) and advertised for largely untrained carers to replace them. More information...
Letter to the Editor: Queensland Nurses fear for Bluecare residents 01 August 2017 | On July 18, the once-trusted aged care provider announced they would greatly reduce the number of experienced Registered Nurses (RNs) and Enrolled Nurses (ENs) at three Bundaberg aged care facilities. More information...
Queensland Nurses and Midwives experience increased violence 19 July 2017 | Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU) Secretary Beth Mohle said almost half the nurses and midwives surveyed as part of the Your Work, Your Time, Your Life report had experienced workplace violence in... More information...
Hospitals could be forced to report patient outcomes 17 June 2017 | Patient mortality rates, post-operative complications, readmissions and general hospital outcomes could be made public following a State Government call for a discussion paper on the issue. More information...
QLD and world to celebrate nurses today 12 May 2017 | QUEENSLAND nurses will join with colleagues in countries up to 18,000km away to celebrate International Nurses' Day today. More information...
Women to lead Labour Day march for first time 01 May 2017 | Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) Secretary Beth Mohle said having the state's largest and most predominately female union at the head of the march was a proud and historic event. More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service