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New hospital chief inspector will not monitor staffing levels


I will like to see an Intelligent tool used nationally for calculating correct and appropriate staffing for hospital wards. When this type of tool is used for staffing levels, then one can investigate further whether the problem is a lack of proper management or other underlying problems. I worked yesterday with one Nurse short, but the Sister replace this with two Carers. I actually worked harder than if I had the one Nurse instead of the two carers. I had to be telling the Carers all the time what to do. Some of it I suspect was lazyness but most of the problems I had working with the carers was the fact that they were not able to use their initiative. They at times did not seem to know what to do, in fact I really do feel that Carers must be trained more appropriately. Food charts, fluid charts, emptying catherter bags, understanding when a patient need to use the toilet, just going about giving/feeding drinks. I had to do my jobs plus keep checking on the other jobs. I did not feel any confidence in the carers I worked with. It was so hot and fustrating. I do quite understand that it is not always the numbers, but the quality. Management plays a big role in ensuring the right staffing levels and proper supervision with good support. Absolutely no bullying and no lazyness. Lets hope Mr Richards is well able to look into root cause of problems and sort.

Posted date

18 July, 2013

Posted time

2:21 pm