Our Ratios campaign moves into the next phase
On 1 July 2016 Queensland became only the fourth place in the world to implement minimum nurse-to-patient and midwife-to-patient ratios.
The legislated ratio is essentially a safety net that guarantees the minimum number of nurses required on any given shift.
Under the ratios laws passed by the Queensland Parliament on 12 May 2016, for morning and afternoon shifts this ratio is 1 nurse to 4 patients, and for evening shifts 1 nurse to 7 patients (averaged across the ward).
These ratios currently apply to select medical and surgical wards in prescribed public health facilities, but we’ve always said our ultimate goal was to get ratios rolled out in all sectors.
With the first year of ratios implementation now complete, it is time to progress the legislation of minimum ratios into other nursing and midwifery services beyond the already regulated medical and surgical wards.
So, on 24 October 2017 we officially launched the next phase of our Ratios Save Lives campaign - turning our focus to the private and aged care sectors.
To visit our Ratios Campaign website click here
Securing legislated ratios in the public sector was a landmark achievement and we are pleased to report, they are already bearing fruit.
Take a look at what our members have been
telling us about the difference ratios are already making to their
“You know that anxiety and sick feeling and of burning at your throat you get every shift? Well I don’t get that now.”
“We now have more time to scrum and discuss complex issues like wounds.”
“We know more about the patients … you feel like you’re actually nursing, actually giving good nursing care.”
“I actually went to the toilet the other day!”
Like all reforms it will take time before ratios are fully implemented, and we will continue to work with nurses, midwives and managers at the local level to ensure ratios are being rolled out correctly.
We will also continue our work with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, the Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Health to assess and study the effectiveness of ratios, and to evaluate what impact they've had on patients, nurses and midwives.