We all need to get active to win our mandated nurse-to-patient ratios campaign.
During September, the New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) is campaigning for ‘nurse staffing ratios and skill mix’. They are encouraging members to reach out to the community and to NSW State politicians for their support in the campaign to achieve mandated nurse-to-patient ratios.
“If we had the right numbers of staff with the right skill mix, it would take a lot of pressure off the RNs. Often we only have two RNs on the floor for 28 patients and we have to supervise and be accountable for EENs’ and AiNs’ work, which is a huge extra responsibility. If we had more RNs or experienced nurses with the correct skills and knowledge, a lot less would be missed in terms of error detection, accurate documentation and early recognition of deteriorating patients,” one nurse said.
There are two activities in particular you can help with:
• Distribute leaflets in your block so your neighbours will understand how they will benefit from the safer hospitals our campaign will deliver.
• Lobby your local State MP and convince him or her how their constituents will be better off as a result of our campaign.
If you want to get involved in these activities, contact your NSWNA branch.
Nurses must have a strong, active and relevant union to ensure ongoing improvements in their working lives.
About the New South Wales Nurses’ Association.
The New South Wales Nurses’ Association is the registered union for all nurses in New South Wales. It works to be recognised by nurses and all others as a positive contributor to a fairer and just society.
The union protects the interests of nurses and the nursing profession, and also represents and provides for the professional, educational and industrial welfare of nurses in government and non-government forums at state, national and international level. The NSWNA has approximately 51,000 members.
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