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 are now fighting to extend and improve ratios in all these areas. NSWNMA members campaigned hard in 2013 but the O’Farrell Government has so far refused to improve and extend ratios.
In 2014, our campaign continues. The first step is getting 100,000 names on the Ratios petition. So download the petition and start getting signatures!
Details of the 2014 claim and campaign are here.
The benefit of more nurses - how ratios save money and lives.
Ethics in action: Safe patient care and nurse professional obligations
Factsheet: Surgery in NSW country hospitals