Last week, A Current Affair presented a tabloid-style report on men and women sharing hospital wards in NSW.
Despite the sensationalised treatment of this issue, it is a real issue, not the least because of the NSW Health directive that “Patients who are staying overnight in a NSW public health facility do not have to sleep in the same room or ward bay, use mixed bathroom facilities or pass through opposite gender areas to reach their own facilities.”
The Current Affair investigation focused on events at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Yet other major hospitals also have mixed wards.
Tell us your experience as a nurse – or as a patient – with mixed wards. First of all, how common are they – do you regularly work on mixed wards or not?
Do you see any problems with them? Any advantages for you as a nurse? Do patients complain about them? Do men as well as women dislike them?
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