This piece offers an overview of the approach to nurse/patient ratios in a number of jurisdictions including Australia, California, and, of course, Canada. It is clear that there is still considerable resistance to the notion of fixing ratios, highlighting the tensions between funding, management control and adequate patient care. As these tensions persist, nurses are expressing ever greater concern over patient care and their own ability to provide the care they believe is required.
Sara Dowe, NSNU
Sara Dowe, a nurse at Colchester Hospital, believes that if more hospitals provided on-site childcare, some recruitment and retention issues would be resolved, particularly for younger nurses. Apart from nursing and her family, Sara enjo…