Monday 3rd June 2013
The NSWNMA has produced a spreadsheet that allows members to calculate the number of nursing hours available per week for their ward. It can be downloaded below. The tool enables members to model the impact of the new hours available on staffing on a shift-by-shift basis.
To use the tool you enter the Nursing Hours per Patient Day (NHPPD) that has been negotiated for your ward and the average number of patients. This gives you the number of nursing hours that you are entitled to each week. The NUM, in consultation with nurses working on the ward, can use the tool to allocate nursing hours across the different shifts in the course of the week. The equivalent ratio will also be displayed after the NUM has allocated the nursing hours.