Workloads have become an increasingly problematic and dangerous issue for QNU members in all sectors.
Nurses and midwives are working long hours, struggling for additional resources and often do not have the time or support needed to deliver the nursing care they’d like.
The QNU has developed a range of materials to support members in their sector to have their workloads issue addressed.
In the public sector
Public sector nurses and midwives can access a number of important resources developed by the QNU.
The QNU Workload Reporting form should be completed by public sector nurses and midwives to get a workload issue addressed.
Public sector nurses and midwives are also encouraged to read the QNU’s Nursing and midwifery workloads: a QNU guide to using the BPF . The booklet is an easy to use guide on how to take control of workloads using the latest edition of the Business Planning Framework (BPF): a tool for nursing and midwifery workload management.
Queensland Health nurses and midwives – what's your nurse to patient ratio?
Do you know what the nurse to patient ratio is in your ward, area or unit? You should!
In accordance with the section 8.2 of HR Policy B5 (Nursing Workload Management) these ratios must be displayed in an area that is easily accessible for nursing and midwifery staff.
QNU organisers will be contacting workplaces to ensure the ratios provided to us are recorded on a ratios form and posted on noticeboards in wards, units and areas.
If you know what your ratio is you can download and complete the QNU ratios form .
The ratios form is to be used in conjunction with HR Policy B5, click here to access the Nurses and Midwives Implementation Group (NaMIG) memorandum about this .
|For more information see Simple steps to immediately address a workload issue|
In the aged care sector
To ensure action is taken on workload issues in the aged care sector, members need to be active at the health facility and local level.
Aged care members with a workload issue should complete the QNU Aged care workload reporting
form which is to be lodged with the senior nurse on duty and the Director of Nursing.
Aged care members can also complete the Aged Care Staffing Reporting Form , which is an initiative of the QNU. By completing this form aged care members are providing the QNU with accurate information to follow up on staffing issues.
In the private hospitals sector
To ensure action is taken on workload issues in the private hospitals sector, members need to be active at the health facility and local level.
Private hospitals members with a workload issue should complete the QNU Professional workloads reporting form which is to be lodged with the senior nurse on duty and the Director of Nursing.
In the miscellaneous sector
To ensure action is taken on workload issues in the miscellaneous sector, members need to be active at the health facility and local level.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service members with a workload issue should complete the QNU ARCBS workloads reporting form which is to be lodged with the senior nurse on duty and the Donor Centre Manager.
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