Understaffed EDs prompt walk out by Western Sydney nurses

After weeks of battling rising patient presentations and no reprieve from chronic short staffing, a group of emergency department nurses staged a walk out, in their own time, from Blacktown and Westmead hospitals this morning. Severe understaffing and a lack of support from the NSW government prompted the nursing staff to walk out at the […]

Staffing woes prompt fears of further nurse attacks

Nurses fear they will continue to bear the brunt of violence and aggression at work until the NSW government addresses severe staffing shortfalls inside Shoalhaven Hospital. Earlier this month, a senior nurse was allegedly stabbed by a female patient who had spent the night in a crowded emergency department awaiting transfer for further care. NSW […]

ED staff demand Premier fix Westmead Hospital issues

An open letter has been sent to the NSW Premier and the Health Minister calling for urgent action to address what clinicians have described as ‘chronic understaffing’ and ‘access block’ inside Westmead Hospital’s emergency department (ED). Signed by over 200 emergency department nurses, registrars, senior medical officers, administration, orderlies and security guards, the open letter […]

EDs in desperate need of 1:3 nursing ratios

Pressure is mounting inside the state’s emergency departments (EDs), with the latest hospital data revealing the time patients spend waiting to be admitted has blown-out to more than five and a half hours, the longest median time recorded in the past five years. The Bureau of Health Information’s latest quarterly report has reinforced concerns raised […]

Cuts to Murwillumbah ED despite rising presentations

Emergency department staff at Murwillumbah District Hospital are stunned and in fear for patient safety, after revelations Northern NSW Local Health District will slash rostered nursing hours, despite patient presentations at the facility continuing to rise. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Murwillumbah Hospital branch were among those notified that at least […]

Patient safety buckles inside Westmead’s busy ED

With Christmas and New Year festivities on the doorstep, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Westmead Hospital branch have raised grave fears for safe patient care inside their hospital’s overstretched emergency department. For months, Westmead Hospital’s emergency department has struggled under crippling admission rates, compounded by a compact layout, prompting increasingly unsafe […]

NSW emergency departments busier than ever

Presentations to emergency departments in the state’s public hospitals hit an all-time high during the recent winter period, vindicating calls by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) for urgent extra nursing staff to meet growing demand. According to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly report, emergency presentations rose across all 15 Local […]

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