SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Emergency room registered
nurses at Sault Area Hospital support management's decision to increase
RN staffing at the Sault Area Hospital's emergency department.
The two extra positions - a full-time Nurse Educator and an additional
12-hour RN shift per day - were agreed to yesterday when Ontario
Nurses' Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, met with
Sault Area Hospital CEO Ron Gagnon.
"Mr. Gagnon and members of his senior management team participated in an
open and frank discussion with ONA yesterday, and the people of the
Sault are the beneficiaries," says Haslam-Stroud. "We all recognize
that we have a mutual interest in patients receiving high-quality, safe
patient care and with the new positions, our dedicated RNs will be
better able to meet the care targets set by the Canadian Triage and
Acuity Scale and their own College of Nurses of Ontario standards."
RNs in the department had been frustrated at the inability to care for
ER patients to the standard required of them by their regulator because
of the shortage of staff. An Independent Assessment Committee had
investigated and made a number of recommendations to improve care,
including the addition of one 12-hour RN shift per day and the Nurse
Educator dedicated to the ER. ONA and the hospital will now work
together to make the best use for patients of the new RN positions.
"We recognize that hospitals are trying to operate under serious fiscal
restraints," says Haslam-Stroud. "Both management and nurses want the
best, safest care for patients and we believe that through working
together, we have found a way forward to ensure that the people of the
Sault have access to quality patient care in the emergency department."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line RNs, RPNs 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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