MORE nurses means better patient care.
Liverpool nurses took to the streets last week to advocate for better health outcomes for their patients and petition the local community for support.
Collecting more than 72,000 signatures across the state, the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association are fighting for a 1:4 nurse-to-patient ratio to improve patient care and reduce waiting times.
Liverpool branch president Michelle Nicholson said most areas at Liverpool Hospital had adequate ratios but some were struggling.
"The winning of ratios for major metro hospitals was a great advance for patient care in public hospitals, but it's not enough," she said.
"Both rural and community nurses continue to struggle to keep their patients safe.
"In areas like the emergency department, paediatrics and neonatal intensive-care, there is an urgent need to guarantee nurse numbers."
Ms Nicholson said better ratios would help to reduce long waiting times in the emergency department and take pressure off nurses.
She said once they reached 100,000 signatures, they would petition the state government to implement better ratios at all hospitals across the state and not just those based in metropolitan areas.
"We will take our fight to parliament and we will again demand that the NSW government put patient safety first by improving and extending ratios," she said.