Letter to the Editor: Queensland Nurses fear for Bluecare residents

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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
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)
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