Ratios put patient safety first

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 2018 NSW nurses and midwives continued to fight to extend and improve ratios in all these areas.


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Download one of our Ratios signs above, 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. Download the 2018 claims at a glance.

Ratios resources

Spot check – use the NSWNMA app. The benefit of more nurses – how ratios save money and lives.

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