Labour standards and practice
Nurse Staffing in NSW Public Hospitals 2011
Client: NSW Nurses Association
The Association commissioned the WRC and the Centre for Health Services Management at the University of Technology to conduct a study of staffing levels in NSW public hospitals in: medical and surgical wards, rehabilitation wards, palliative care wards and emergency departments. The aim of the research was to establish current nurse to patient ratios and identify the skill mix prevailing in these types of ward across the NSW public hospital system. Data were collected by Association officers through face-to-face interviews with Nursing Unit Managers (NUMs) and recording actual staffing levels from the roster on three historical census days in early May 2010. WRC staff then subjected all collected data to quantitative analysis to establish skill mix and nurse-patient ratio calculations and calculations.