Should Aged Care facilities have registered nurses on duty 24/7?

Aged careA State Parliamentary Committee accepted submissions on an inquiry for the need for registered nurses in NSW aged care facilities for residents who require a high level of care. Click on link:  Detailed Inquiry document.

Inquiry: SHOULD REGISTERED NURSES BE MANDATORY IN NURSING HOMES? Source:
Inquiry: SHOULD REGISTERED NURSES BE MANDATORY
IN NURSING HOMES?
Source: http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/

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Inquiry to investigate how aged care residents will fare without registered nurses on duty 24/7

An inquiry will examine how aged care residents will be affected if registered nurses are not rostered on all shifts.
An inquiry will examine how aged care residents will be affected if registered nurses are not rostered on all shifts. (ABC News)

An inquiry will examine how New South Wales’ most vulnerable aged care residents will fare in a future without registered nurses on duty at all times.

Aged Care Crisis submitted their response to the inquiry. They recommend that the  “state based Public Health Act 201031 should be amended accordingly until the federal Aged Care Act 1997 is amended to specify all nursing homes with high care residents should be staffed at all times by at least one registered nurse.”
Link to their submission: Aged Care Crisis Submission
Want to know more about Aged Care Crisis: http://www.agedcarecrisis.com/

Submissions from other organisations click link provided: Submissions to Registered nurses in New South Wales nursing homes.

I agree that all aged care facilities with high care residents should be staffed at all times by at least one registered nurse!

Some residents have complex care needs and should be monitored by a registered nurse at all times. These resident’s are human beings and should be cared for appropriately, with qualified staff and with dignity.  There have been many cases where resident’s have been put at risk without qualified staff. We need more nurses, not less!

 

 

 

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