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ACT nurses, midwives call for mandatory 'safe staffing' ratios - Canberra Times
The ACT's nursing and midwifery union has called on all political parties contesting the election to guarantee staff-to-patient ratios, after no party has met the union's demands.
Nurses in every major public hospital across South Australia will take industrial action later this month, threatening to stop the progress of the Government's Transforming Health hospital reforms if their demands are not met.
Here’s why we need nurse-resident ratios in aged care homes - The Conversation
More than 170,000 older Australians live in aged care homes. Of those, 83% are classified as requiring high care. An estimated 60% of “high care” residents have dementia, 40–80% have chronic pain, 50% have urinary incontinence, 45% have a sleep disorder and 30–40% have depression.
The Barr government has promised to spend $36 million across four years to employ another 68 nurses if re-elected. Oral health would also get a boost, with Labor promising to spend nearly $4 million to buy two more mobile dental centres.
ACT Labor has pledged to boost and support the nursing workforce in Canberra to the tune of $36.34 million if it wins government again in October.
Labor has pledged to help establish an advanced nursing masters course, use it to train 10 public health nurses a year, and offer post-graduate scholarships to 39 others.
Nurses experiencing violence in the workplace - 612 ABC Brisbane
To be an emergency nurse there are certain skills you need. Critical thinking, Patience, communication skills and compassion just to name a few. And according to new research, tolerance for violent patients. [audio]
A plan to close 39 beds at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has been temporarily suspended by SA Health after talks with the nursing union. Health authorities earlier said a private aged care provider had agreed to take in the elderly patients who had been occupying the beds.
VOLUNTARY redundancies will be offered to nurses for the first time in South Australia as part of changes planned for hospitals in Adelaide’s south.
Burnt-out and overworked, Australia’s nurses and midwives consider leaving profession - The Conversation
Nurses and midwives are among society’s most highly valued professionals. But a disturbing national picture is emerging of escalating levels of over-work and burnout. Nurses say their concerns are being ignored by management, amid fear of retribution for speaking out.