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BNA: We’re still short of nurses

TRE GREAVES, tregreaves@nationnews.com

Added 09 August 2020


Barbados Nurses’ Association president Joannah Waterman. (FILE)

Government’s recruitment of 95 Ghanaian nurses has received support from some bodies, including the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA).

However, president Joannah Waterman is reminding the authorities, there is still a gap to make up the required 580 nurses.

Waterman explained that because of the extreme shortage, in some situations, the ratio has been one nurse to 28 patients.

“The extreme nursing personnel shortage impacts [the] ability to deliver care safely to patients and clients. When the ratio of nurse to patient does not meet the international standards of one nurse to one patient for intensive care patients; and one nurse to three to four patients for high-dependency level; and one nurse to six to seven patients for routine level care, potential clinical risk could result in adverse outcomes for patients and nurses.” (TG)

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