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 in 2010 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 neonatal intensive care, there is an urgent need to guarantee nurse numbers.
NSW nurses and midwives are now fighting to extend and improve ratios in all these areas.
In 2015 our campaign continued!
Details of the 2014 claim and campaign are here.
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
Factsheet: Surgery in NSW country hospitals