Nurses in Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales mid north coast have today started a campaign for more staff at the Base hospital’s Emergency Department (ED).
The Nurses Association says its members are reaching breaking point because of the heavy workloads and low staffing levels.
The union says a key concern is management’s failure to meet a mandated nurse-to-patient ratio in the ED.
One senior nurse who does not want to be named says it is hard to believe conditions in the Emergency Department
“Waiting times in the waiting room are getting longer and longer and the mental health problems that should be on the wards are actually being locked in little consult rooms with a security guard,” she said.
“That’s not appropriate safe care for anybody, it’s not safe on the staff [and] it’s not safe on the patients.”