OSHAWA, ON, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The registered nurses who are
concerned about unsafe RN staffing levels and patient safety at the
Lakeridge Health Oshawa emergency department have called in an
Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) to review the issues.
The nurses - members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - will
provide evidence to the panel of three nursing experts on the negative
impact that inadequate RN staffing levels is having on patient care.
"Our dedicated RNs have consistently provided written documentation to
their employer outlining their inability to properly and safely care
for emergency department patients," notes ONA President Linda
"The employer has failed to adequately address the concerns of our
members, and they remain concerned not only about the health of
patients, but about meeting their professional standards because of
An IAC is a panel of three nursing experts that addresses the
professional workload complaints of registered nurses. A hearing is
called as a last resort - when nurses and management have attempted at
length to settle workload issues internally - and it determines whether
nurses are being assigned more work than is consistent with the
provision of proper patient care.
"This hearing, which begins today, is about ensuring that patients who
walk into Lakeridge Health emergency departments receive the quality of
nursing care they expect and deserve," says Haslam-Stroud. "Nursing is
a highly regulated profession and RNs must be able to meet the
standards set for them by their regulator. Anything less risks patient
safety and the license of the RNs."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 14,000 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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