OSHAWA, ON, June 28, 2011 /CNW/ - The Independent Assessment Committee
called in to investigate concerns of Lakeridge Health Oshawa surgical
unit RNs has made a series of 18 recommendations, including one that
calls for an increase in registered nurses for this unit.
"The Independent Assessment Committee has thoroughly investigated the
concerns of the RNs about the impact of heavy workloads on their
ability to provide the level of care their patents require, and it has
concluded that RN staffing needs to be appropriate," said ONA President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The patients in this unit are highly acute
and have complex conditions that require the skills and knowledge of
Following five full years of failed attempts to work with Lakeridge
management to address their concerns, registered nurses (RNs) in the
36-bed in-patient surgical unit took these concerns - about inadequate
RN staffing levels and safe patient care - to an Independent Assessment
Committee (IAC). The IAC is a three-person panel which heard the cases
made by both the nurses and the hospital over a three-day hearing held
in early April.
"These patients are mostly post-surgical, need pain management and other
complex treatments and care," said Haslam-Stroud. "Nurses caring for
them must be able to frequently monitor and reassess their patients'
fluctuating conditions to ensure a positive health outcome."
Four of the 18 recommendations have a direct impact on front-line staff:
increase the number RNs to ensure an appropriate patient assignment on
all shifts; recognize the Charge Nurse role on each shift; upskill the
skills mix of caregivers in the unit; return the educator role to
provide and strengthen continuing clinical development of all members
"After many years, ONA members at Lakeridge Health feel their concerns
have been confirmed and heard," said Haslam-Stroud. "ONA looks forward
to working with this employer to implement these recommendations and
ensure the quality of care for patients is up to our nurses'
ONA is the union representing 57,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates providing
care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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