PETERBOROUGH, ON, Jan. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association
(ONA) says the findings of the Independent Assessment Committee (IAC)
show that the concerns of registered nurses about declining patient
care in Peterborough Regional Health Centre's haemodialysis unit were
Following careful analysis of the report, ONA concludes that the panel's
37 recommendations to improve care are evidence-based and supported by
the literature and show that PRHC failed to plan properly for a change
in the skills mix of nurses in the unit.
"The IAC recommendations show that not only was inadequate planning
carried out, but also that the hospital made staffing decisions based
on balancing the budget and failed to evaluate whether changes to the
skills mix were impacting patient care, or our RNs' ability to provide
safe care that meets their professional standards," said ONA President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
The IAC issued a total of 37 recommendations in the areas of nursing
leadership, measures and evaluation, communications, staffing levels
and skills mix. There were also recommendations around patient safety -
the RNs who called in the Independent Assessment Committee believe that
changes to the unit's staffing model had resulted in an increased risk
to patient care.
"While we're pleased to see the IAC recognized the lack of management,
planning, patient safety and general inadequacies in this unit because
of the hospital's decisions, what's most important now is that PRHC
take immediate action to correct the problems that are affecting
hemodialysis patients in Peterborough," said Haslam-Stroud. "ONA is
anxious to work with the hospital immediately to correct the issues
that have led us to this situation.
"ONA commends our members at Peterborough Regional Health Centre for the
very strong patient advocacy role that they've played. It's been
challenging to have their concerns for patient care taken seriously but
the patients and people of Peterborough deserve better."
An Independent Assessment Committee - or IAC - addresses the
professional workload complaints of registered nurses. A hearing is
called only when the nurses and management have attempted at length to
settle workload issues internally. An IAC hearing is a last-resort
effort to determine whether nurses are being assigned more work than is
consistent with the provision of proper patient care.
ONA is the union representing 58,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 13,000 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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