MAREE Wiseman, like many who work in aged care facilities throughout the state, is hoping for a positive outcome from the NSW Government.
NSW currently has an opportunity through state legislation to ensure legal requirements are established, to take into account the high care needs of those living in aged care facilities.
The NSW Nurses and Midwives association has been working along with 16 peak bodies to advocate changes which would secure the constant presence of registered nurses in aged care facilities.
Those high care needs are classified across three domains; behaviour, daily living and complex healthcare.
“As a person who has worked in aged care for eleven years, I understand the importance of providing adequate care for the residents, which means having RN’s on site 24/7,” Maree said.
Moree has two aged care facilities, both of which will be affected by changes.
“If the law is diluted, there is no guarantee that there will be at least one registered nurse in each residential facility 24/7,” Maree said.
The Cancer Council NSW, Palliative Care NSW, and the NSW CWA are among the many supporters of the case.
A letter to Minister for Health Jillian Skinner MP has circulated with the support of those 16 peak industry bodies.
There has also been extensive campaigning and lobbying of those concerned. At this stage an outcome is expected by April 29.
Read more at http://www.moreechampion.com.au/story/3857185/nurses-take-on-the-state-government/