A significant win for the Coffs Mental Health Nurses.
NSW Nurses Association members at the Coffs Harbour Mental Health Unit decided to take action over serious staff shortages that are putting staff and patients at risk.
After closing six beds to show their protest, The Mid North Coast Local Health District has finally agreed that staffing in the unit is inadequate and will immediately roster eight nurses on the morning and afternoon shifts and four on the night shift. Until now the unit had a roster of seven on the morning and afternoon shifts and four on the night shift.
The District has also agreed to fast-track the implementation of nurse-to-patient ratios (the Nursing Hours Per Patient Day model), which were secured, for most NSW hospitals, by the NSWNA in negotiations with the State Government earlier this year.
Way to go, Coffs Mental Health Nurses!
What about in your facilities? Are you encountering any staff shortages?