Debate over nurse ratios

Lynda McRae, Latrobe Valley Express, October 31, 2011 Latrobe Valley nurses are gearing up for enterprise negotiations amid claims of strained workplace conditions at Latrobe Regional Hospital. Concerns were raised by a number of LRH nurses last week about a system under increasing pressure over past months. According to the nurses, ratios allow for just two nurses per 25 beds on a night-shift in units including sub-acute wards, causing an inevitable compromise of patient care. But, LRH management has moved to ease any community concerns about its nurse-patient ratios and staff turnover rate. ... Debate