Every patient, in every community in NSW, deserves the right to safe care through mandatory nurse-patient ratios.
In 2010 NSW nurses convinced the state government of the need for nurse-to-patient ratios in our public health system.
The winning of ratios for major metropolitan hospitals was a great advance for 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 went on strike in July 2013 over the O’Farrell Government’s failure to improve and extend ratios.
The strike meetings decided to escalate the campaign. The first step is getting 100,000 names on the Ratios petition. So download the petition and start getting signatures!
Register your support on the More Nurses website.
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
Nursing Hours Calculator: NHPPD Calculator