Saturday 22nd December 2007
More staff ease ED workloads at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.
Nurses at Port Macquarie Base Hospital have welcomed the recent approval for additional staff in the emergency department (ED), after a strong campaign by the local NSWNA Branch.
North Coast AHS has approved an additional enrolled nurse for the morning shift, an additional registered nurse on the night duty and an extra 28 clerical hours a week.
Branch President and RN, Michael Parrey, explained there has been a 20% increase in presentations to ED over the past two years, leading to a significant increase in nurse workloads.
‘Nurses were under increasing pressure so we approached the Reasonable Workloads Committee (RWC), which applied the reasonable workloads tool, then recommended to management that additional staff were required,’ he said.
‘Understaffing meant increased waiting times for patients. With the approval for increased staff, patient flow will be much smoother and quicker through the department.
‘This is a big morale boost for staff. Everyone seems happier and more motivated by the Branch’s recent success.
‘This is a good workloads win for nurses at Port Macquarie Hospital. Initially the hospital was told it could only have these additional positions in a temporary, six-month capacity. The branch fought to make these positions permanent. Members should be proud of this result,’ said NSWNA Assistant General Secretary, Judith Kiejda.