Irish Nurses' Union-Work Stoppage over Safe Staffing

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    members of the irish nurses and midwives organisation (inmo), have proceeded to undertake industrial action following the decision of beaumont hospital management to place patients on trolleys in the ward areas. this is following an inordinate number of admissions through the emergency department and the incapacity of other hospitals to deal with the numbers. …

    …the inmo firmly believe that the overcrowding experienced in beaumont hospital is merely a symptom of the undercutting of frontline services generally.
    the diminution of emergency services in navan and dundalk and the cutting of funding for frontline services in blanchardstown, our lady of lourdes, drogheda, and the north east in general, is contributing to the unseasonable number of admissions through the emergency department in beaumont.

    the minister for health, must review recent policy statements which discourage hospitals from dealing with overcrowding and appropriate access to hospitals, while at the same time reducing the capacity of such hospitals to provide frontline care. …

    http://www.inmo.ie/desktopmodules/ar...216&tabindex=5
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    Welcone to the Irish health service where the penny pinching has gotten so bad that wards are closing and you have to get consent from the divisional director of nursing to get incontience pads from the store room.
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    Oh my. Are you serious? We have penny pinched also and the housekeeping has been told not to put the lift pads on the bed!! We are also warned that we use too much linen! That the laundry costs are up. We have little food in the frig for patients. If they come up from emergency and have not had food in 8-10 hours we have to get a supervisor to get food. I once opened up a little alcohol swab square to clean something on my shoe and I was told that I was wasting $. Maybe we need to ask family to bring in supplies.
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    I'm glad the Irish nurses are taking a stand for their patients.
    graceomalleyRN, Merced, woahmelly, and 4 others like this.
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    I was at home for a holiday in August and about 4 of my classmates asked me how to get working in Australia. they are concerned for their registration everyday. they work short if someone calls in sick, they are replacing RGNs with HCA from 5pm-9pm.

    Everything has to run through a manager. There is no availability of supplies. A brand new ED and 3 state of the art medical wards are lying empty as there is no money to open them as the current ED explodes at the seams. The ortho ward has closed beds and elective ortho cases are on waiting lists for 3 years!
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    The States of Victoria and New South Wales have safe staffing ratios - http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news...920-15jan.html

    http://www.nswnurses.asn.au/news/29076.html
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    Are you serious? People waiting 3 years for ortho? I am in the U.S. which has such awful problems with health care and I cannot quit or leave work till I am 65 or I have no health insurance and if I become ill, I have to pay. THen when I run out of funds, they take my $ from the bank, etc. until I have nothing but my house which they cannot take..............until I die. Now hearing 3 years, takes the cake. I guess things are bad all over, just in a different way?
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    For elective ortho in the public healthcare system, yeah it could be 3 years with cancellations. Most people go through the public system as the private hospitals are only in the major cities and the complicated cases are not taken by the private hospitals.

    I am now living in Victoria, Australia which was the first place in the world to have mandated ratios. NSW are still not through as far as I know.

    I am glad that I am out of Ireland at the moment even though it means I am far away from home. I am young & single & advancing my career in a way that would never happen in the current climate in Ireland.
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    Sounds like you did the right thing. Maybe things will get better eventually in Ireland and you can move back and live better. Medical health care is rough here in U.S. but......if one needs elective ortho, I bet it could be planned in three weeks or even less. That is a good thing.
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    Quote from needshaldol
    Sounds like you did the right thing. Maybe things will get better eventually in Ireland and you can move back and live better. Medical health care is rough here in U.S. but......if one needs elective ortho, I bet it could be planned in three weeks or even less. That is a good thing.
    Probably true if you have medicare or other health insurance.


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