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Extra nurses to improve patient flow

Union welcomes the Victorian government's plan for more emergency department nurses.

An additional 34 nurses will be employed as part of emergency department response teams at 14 key Victorian metropolitan emergency departments during peak times of the day.

Making the announcement yesterday, the state’s health minister Daniel Andrews said it was part of a four-year trial to improve the time it takes to triage and transfer patients arriving by ambulance.

While welcoming the employment of extra nurses, Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian branch) secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick would like to see additional nurses as part of response teams extended to busy regional hospital emergency departments to ensure that these facilities can meet the growing demand on ambulance services and hospitals.

"ANF welcomes the Victorian government's invitation to participate in the implementation and evaluation of this trial and we look forward to working with the Victorian ambulance union to ensure the initiative improves patient care and patient flow in our hospitals," Fitzpatrick said.

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