• Ratios put patient safety first

    Every patient, in every community in NSW, deserves the right to safe care through mandatory nurse-patient ratios.

The winning of nurse-patient ratios for major metropolitan hospitals was a great advance for safe patient care in public hospitals. However, it’s not enough. Both rural and community nurses continue to struggle to keep their patients safe. In areas like paediatrics and Emergency, there is an urgent need to guarantee nurse and midwife numbers.

In 2017 NSW nurses and midwives continue to fight to extend and improve ratios in all these areas.

Download the 2017 claims at a glance.

Download the full 2017 claim to put patient safety first.

Download one of our Ratios signs below, fill them out, snap a photo of yourself or with colleagues and send them to photos@nswnma.asn.au so we can post it on Facebook.

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Ratios resources

Spot check – use the NSWNMA app.

The benefit of more nurses – how ratios save money and lives.

Linda Aiken presentation on ratios in Queensland, November 2014.

Ethics in action: Safe patient care and nurse professional obligations

Nursing Hours Per Patient Day calculator

A nurses’ and midwives’ guide to reasonable workloads 2014

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