News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Safe Staffing in Emergency Departments Needed

Media release:

Safe Staffing in Emergency Departments Needed to Ensure Patient Care

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is welcoming comments made by Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, to address some of the serious problems in emergency departments across the country.

At the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine yesterday the Minister of Health, Mr Ryall, committed to ensuring that patient safety and clinician involvement in decision making be a priority.

"We welcome any initiatives that work towards improving patient safety and ensuring that workloads and staffing levels are safe," Denise McGurk, Chairperson of the NZNO College of Emergency Nursing New Zealand said.

"The establishment of targets in emergency departments will only be successful if the targets are able to be realistically meet and having enough staff to provide the level of care needed is fundamental," Suzanne Rolls, Professional Nursing Advisor said.

"It is not enough to merely put in place targets of care in emergency departments. Emergency departments do not exist in isolation from the rest of the hospital. We would be wary of changes that do not meet the core need of ensuring patient safety and instead shift the problem from one area of the hospital to another."

"NZNO has been constructively engaged with the Ministry of Health for some months to look at how emergency departments can provide quality care," Ms Rolls said.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland