Registered nurses are needed in
nursing homes around the clock,
around the country. The health
and dignity of the aged is at stake.
At the recent NSWNMA annual conference the NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner assured members she would raise our concerns about staffing in aged care at the next COAG meeting.
In the 2016 federal Budget, $1.2 billion was cut from funding to complex needs aged care. This is inevitably putting pressure on staffing, as providers seek to shed registered nurses in order to cut costs.
The federal Senate is holding an inquiry into the future of Australia’s aged care workforce. It’s scandalous that on any given night at nursing homes across the country, a single care worker can be looking after 30-50 frail, vulnerable patients with complex, chronic conditions, many with dementia.
Here is our Senate Inquiry Aged Care Workforce Submission.
Read the Choice article: Tips for choosing the right aged care
The NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner has decided to remove the legal requirement for a registered nurse to be on site at all times in facilities with people with high care needs.
The NSWNMA condemns the decision, which could leave thousands of vulnerable elderly people in the sole care of unregulated workers and result in unnecessary trips to emergency departments to receive nursing care.
NSWNMA will continue to campaign against the implementation of legislation changes and calls on members of the upper house of the NSW Parliament to do everything within their power to stand up for the rights of the elderly in NSW. It will remain our priority to maintain the regulation as a minimum requirement in NSW residential aged care facilities.
Read the open letter to Health Minister Jillian Skinner from 16 health and community organisations March 2016 (before she made her decision).
The Upper House Inquiry report into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes recommended keeping RNs 24/7! Read this Summary of the NSW Upper House committee recommendations. Or read the entire report!
What you can do in NSW:
– Send an email to Jillian Skinner asking her to reverse her decision.
– Register your support for keeping registered nurses 24/7 in NSW aged care
– Sign up for campaign news via our e-newsletter
– Like the Aged Care Nurses Facebook Page
– Follow RN 24/7 in Aged Care on Twitter
– Read letters of support for the campaign from community groups
– Download our factsheet about the Public Health Act and registered nurses
Just some of the reasons RNs are essential:
– Overseeing medications, including assessing side effects
– Undertaking nursing procedures, including urinary catheters, naso-gastric tubes, wound care
– Minimising unnecessary transfers to Emergency Departments
– Providing palliative care at the nursing home
– Providing support and supervision to ENs and AiNs.
To find out more or get involved, contact Shirley Lee (email@example.com). Phone Shirley on 02 8595 1234 or 1300 367 962.