Independent Assessment Committee Will Make Recommendations
PETERBOROUGH,ON, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - A three-day hearing of an
Independent Assessment Committee has wrapped up in Peterborough and now
registered nurses at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) will
await its recommendations.
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members called for the hearing
when their concerns about declining patient care in the haemodialysis
unit went unaddressed by PRHC management.
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, was in Peterborough for the
hearing and notes that RNs and ONA believe a change to the staffing
model implemented 18 months ago have resulted in risks to patients.
"Decisions made on staffing were based strictly on finances," notes
Haslam-Stroud. "The RNs in this unit are being assigned more work than
is consistent with the provision of safe, quality, ethical patient
care. Haemodialysis patients are at risk of suffering higher morbidity
(complications) and mortality (death) rates due to a staffing model
that is in no way based on quality nursing indicators."
An Independent Assessment Committee is a panel of three experts who hear
both the hospital and the nurses make their cases regarding staffing
levels and the skills mix - the number of registered nurses and
registered practical nurses - working in the unit. The panel then
discusses the case and returns with a report and recommendations for
There are 31 RNs working in the haemodialysis unit at PRHC. The panel
heard evidence of a toxic work environment and high turnover of staff
due to the clinical environment. ONA is hopeful that the
recommendations the IAC returns with will help RNs in their quest to
provide the quality of care these vulnerable patients deserve.
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 communities, hospitals, long-term care facilities,
public health, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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