Coffs Hospital Nurses Stage Protest against Staff Shortage
In view of the rising number of complaints against the emergency department of Coffs Harbor Base Hospital, its nurses finally staged an official protest highlighting the severe shortage in the hospital staff.
The overworked NSW Nurses’ Association members distributed fruits to the people at the emergency department as they were obliged to wait for long.
Secretary of the Coffs Harbor branch of the Association, Amanda Short, said that due to the shortage in the staff the healthcare services are suffering.
“There was an eight per cent increase in patients presenting to the ED last year alone but we received no extra staff”, Ms Short said.
She added that the Clinical Initiative Nurse who is supposed to supervise patients in the waiting room is at present, taking care of the patients in the ward because there is no other staff member appointed for it. She also said that recovery beds are occupied with long-term patients. Thus, it gets very difficult for them to manage and organize beds for the emergency entries.
NSWNA’s General Secretary, Brett Holmes, shared that Coffs Harbor’s ED had 14 general beds, two recovery beds and 6 procedure rooms. This implies that it requires at least 10 nurses in each shift.
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