But where is the support for the current system based on crude ratios - a throwback to the 19th century? How could a system that deliberately ignores the ebb and flow of patient needs better serve the community? If it's so damaging, why did the nurses federation in Queensland endorse patient dependency models?
The nurses' union has cast this recent and seemingly arbitrary ratio as a bellwether of community support for nurses. The logic seems to be "nurses do a good job and are undervalued. They really want this ratio - let them have it." This is the nurses' union cynically cashing in the goodwill built up over generations to put their interests ahead of those of the broader community.