Support aged care staffing and skill mix

NSW:

A Bill to protect the position of registered nurses in nursing homes passed the Upper House of NSW Parliament on Thursday 4 May but was defeated by the coalition Government parties in the Lower House on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Just some of the reasons RNs are essential in aged care:

– 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.

Some useful information:

Here are some supporting facts on RNs24/7 to use in conversation.

Read the timeline of events in the RN 24/7 campaign: Timeline of events – registered nurses in NSW nursing homes

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What more you can do in NSW:

Like the Aged Care Nurses Facebook Page
Follow RN 24/7 in Aged Care on Twitter
Register your support for staffing and skill mix in aged care
Sign up for campaign news via our e-newsletter
Read letters of support for the campaign from community groups
Download our factsheet about the Public Health Act and registered nurses
– Read the Summary of the NSW Upper House committee recommendations
– Read the report from the NSW Upper House Inquiry into registered nurses in NSW nursing homes.
Read our FAQs about this issue here

To find out more or get involved, contact Shirley Lee (slee@nswnma.asn.au). Phone Shirley on 02 8595 1234 or 1300 367 962.

National:

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.

Here is the Aged Care Staffing Levels and Skills Mix Project December 2016

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