Mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient ratios were implemented on designated acute medical, surgical and mental health wards in Queensland's public hospitals on 1 July 2016. The minimum nurse staffing ratios are 1:4 for morning shifts, 1:4 for afternoon shifts and 1:7 for night shifts, relative to the number of patients on the ward.
The existing nursing and midwifery workload management methodology tool, the Business Planning Framework, will continue to apply across all nursing and midwifery services in Queensland Health, regardless of whether a ward is designated in the nurse-to-patient ratios legislation or not.
|Quarter||Compliance rate||Number of compliant shifts||Total number of shifts||Statewide compliance rate||Statewide number of in scope wards|
All data is preliminary and subject to change. "-" indicates data not available or not applicable.
Source: Based on self-reported data provided by each HHS. Statewide, in scope wards comprise acute medical
wards, acute surgical wards and acute mental health wards.
In scope acute mental health wards are only located within Metro North HHS and Metro South HHS.
Only enrolled nurses, registered nurses and registered midwives who are providing direct care and have an allocation of one or more patients may be counted in the ratio.
Quoted percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.
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