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Nurses need your support

Wednesday, 11th March, 2015

Residents are being urged to support local efforts to ensure NSW nursing homes have a registered nurse on duty at all times after this year. 

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is petitioning against proposed changes to state legislation that would see the long-standing requirement removed at the end of the year.

Local aged care delegate Christine Spangler said a petition stall would be set up in front of the Coles supermarket today and tomorrow. 

Ms Spangler said last week that the absence of full time registered nurses in nursing homes would have a major impact on residents, staff and hospitals.

She said emergency departments would be inundated with calls from nursing home staff who are not qualified to make decisions or administer drugs, and residents would be transferred to hospitals unnecessarily.

Labor has said if elected it will legislate that every aged care facility will have to have a registered nurse on duty at all times.

But the Coalition has said it will consult with nursing homes before making a decision by the end of the year.

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