Nurses call for ratios in aged care and hospitals

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Business Employment & Training Queensland Government Seniors

Social:   

The Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) has called for the introduction of legislated nurse numbers in aged care facilities.

QNMU Secretary Beth Mohle said the push for legislated nurse numbers in aged care was part of an ongoing campaign to continue to improve safety and quality of care for elderly and other Queenslanders.

The QNMU and the Australia Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) are campaigning for improved standards in all Australian aged care facilities.

Ms Mohle said initiatives outlined in the Ratios Save Lives Phase 2 campaign were guided in part by the Palaszczuk Government's decision to introduce nurse to patient ratios in Queensland public hospitals. The campaign document was approved by the QNMU Council on Friday 20 October.

She said in 2016, the Palaszczuk Government became just the fourth government in the world to make nurse to patient ratios law in public hospitals. Nurses in New York and the United Kingdom continue to campaign for similar laws to better protect their patients.

The initiative, which outlines how many patients can safely be allocated to a single Registered Nurse (RN), is being rolled out and researched in Queensland hospitals. The ongoing findings of the long-term research are being used to guide the second phase of the campaign and continued implementation of the initiative.

"The Palaszczuk Government's world-leading decision to introduce nurse ratios in public hospitals will save Queensland lives,'' Ms Mohle said.

"This is a long-term, ongoing initiative overseen by international and local researchers whose findings will help guide the Queensland roll out of nurse to patient ratios and phase two of the campaign.''

The QNMU would like to see ratios extended in the public sector and introduced in aged care facilities and private hospitals.

Ms Mohle said the QNMU would work with all interested parties to further the initiative and provide increased quality of care and outcomes for Queensland patients and aged care residents.

 
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
Blue Care Shame: 93-yr-old Lay With Broken Hip For 24 Hours 30 January 2018 | An elderly Blue Care resident lay with a broken hip for 24 hours before an ambulance was called – the Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union (QNMU) has been advised. More information...
Shame on Blue Care 25 January 2018 | It's not surprising that during a recent Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) spot inspection, when an elderly resident was found hanging out of bed calling for help, Blue Care was found guilty of more than... More information...
NO UNI FOR YOU - Feds Tell Regional Students They Can't Study 01 January 2018 | In a decision made without consultation or a Senate vote, the Turnbull Government recently froze funding for university placements and effectively put an end to the career aspirations of regional students natio... More information...
Blue care admit serious aged care breaches 22 December 2017 | The Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (AACQA) has uncovered serious breaches at a Queensland Blue Care facility. A spot inspection at a Bundaberg Blue Care facility revealed 19 issues including failing to... More information...
Tim Nicholls No Champion of the People 20 November 2017 | Between 2012 and 2014, the LNP sacked more than 1800 Queensland nurses and midwives – many of them middle aged. In total, more than 4800 Queensland workers were fired from their positions within the state’s... More information...
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...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

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