Nurses skip lunch for one to four

NURSES from the Coffs Harbour Health Campus are trading in their lunch hours today to attend a union rally pushing for a nurse to patient ratio of one to four.

The rally will begin at the Renal Unit at 12.15pm.

The Nurses Association says the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse to patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services would represent a major overhaul of the NSW public health system.

The one2four campaign is part of negotiations between the NSW Nurses Association and NSW Health.

The claim is for the introduction of minimum nurse-staffing ratios and a safe skill mix for the nursing specialties of medical, surgical, emergency, palliative care, rehabilitation, inpatient mental health, community health, community mental health, critical care and operating theatres.

North Coast organiser for the NSWNA, Jo-Anne McKeough, said there would be no impact on hospital patients because nurses were attending the rally in their own time.

Nurses are campaigning to introduce the one-to-four ratio into NSW public hospitals following its success in Victoria, where it has been credited with driving impressive improvements in levels of care and nurse and patient satisfaction.



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