8.8 C
Byron Shire
April 23, 2021

Labor claims they will deliver on nurse ratios

Latest News

East Ballina Lions desperately needs new members

East Ballina Lions Club has given over thirty years of service to numerous community programs and initiatives, but if it doesn't get more members soon, it will have to close.

Other News

Pandemic plate lickers release lockdown dessert

The 2020 pandemic lockdown meant the entire entertainment industry was cancelled, but making music cannot be cancelled.

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Exciting lineup for 2021 Bangalow Music Festival

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) yesterday unveiled a stellar Bangalow Music Festival program for August 2021. The theme for the 19th festival is 'music’s inexhaustible joie de vivre'.

A bouquet for Lilac House

L Jenkins, Byron Bay Nicole Habrecht should receive free paint and brushes and a pat on the back from Council for...

Local youth among those hardest hit by housing affordability crisis

A 20 per cent spike in rents is driving an increase in youth homelessness across the North Coast, the organisers of a national campaign to end homelessness say.

Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh at Ballina Hospital with local nurses. Photo supplied.

Labor candidate for Ballina Asren Pugh is highlighting Labor commitment to increasing nurse to patient ratios in regional NSW as he meets with nurses from Ballina hospital today.

‘This is about improving patient care,’ said Mr Pugh.

‘We have a health and hospital system under enormous pressure. By expanding our commitment to better nurse-to-patient ratios to regional and rural NSW we can give patients in hospitals like Ballina hospital the best possible care and attention.’

Nurses perspective

Andrew Eadie President of the Ballina branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association said, ‘In regional areas nurses can be responsible for five to ten acute patients, sometimes more. Having ratios will mean we can continue to guarantee quality of care.  We are recommending that there is a ratio of three patients to one nurse in emergency; on wards four patients to one nurse during the day and seven patients to one nurse at night. Currently it is not uncommon to end up with one nurse to seven acute care patients in emergency.

‘The problem we are seeing is that with these workloads nurses are burning out, leaving the profession, retiring early or moving to Queensland where they have ratios.’

Currently when staffing maternity wards the system does not count the baby as a patient and this can have a significant impact provision of care pointed out Mr Eadie.

‘We also fully support ratios being extended to aged care as currently they are suffering from chic under staffing,’

Overworked says Foley

Labor government will employ hundreds more nurses in ‘B’ and ‘C’ group hospitals across NSW. This will improve patient care in about 60 separate hospitals – most of them outside Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley made the announcement last week at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association annual conference. Mr. Foley said nurses and midwives do extraordinary work but were under severe pressure.  They are overworked and under resourced due to a lack of support from the Berejiklian Government.

Labor can make this commitment because we choose to prioritise funding for schools and hospitals in our local community instead of spending billions on knocking down and rebuilding stadiums in Sydney. I know what our local community would prefer their taxes were spent on,’ said Mr Pugh.

Numerous studies show that higher nurse to patient ratios save lives as there is a clear link between higher staff levels and improved outcomes for patients. 

Nurse to patient ratios reduce errors, improve the amount of time each nurse can spend in patient care, create better workplaces, reduce stress and lead to higher retention of nurses and midwives.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Exciting lineup for 2021 Bangalow Music Festival

Southern Cross Soloists (SXS) yesterday unveiled a stellar Bangalow Music Festival program for August 2021. The theme for the 19th festival is 'music’s inexhaustible joie de vivre'.

Pickleball taking off in Ballina

Combining elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the USA. Recently the 'Ballina Picklers' travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Pickleball Championship Open.

Understand climate?

Peter Olson, Goonengerry Have you noticed it getting a bit chilly at night recently? Do you think we will have a mild ‘global warming winter’, or...

Fast Buck$ ejected from Byron Council meeting

During this morning's Byron Shire Council meeting a dispute between the Mayor Simon Richardson and local activist and agitator Fast Buck$ over the pronunciation of Cr Sarah Ndiaye's name led to the meeting being suspended.