Nurses union opposes use of unregistered staff

ABC, November 12, 2008 The nurses union says there could be state-wide ramifications if a central Victorian hospital allows unregistered hospital staff to perform some nursing duties. The Australian Nursing Federation says Bendigo Health is proposing to train staff who are not registered nurses to do some nursing work. Documents show Bendigo Health wants to pilot a health care worker role to do duties such as personal hygiene, simple feeds and bed making. Documents say Bendigo Health is experiencing an increasing demand for clinical services and a declining nursing workforce. The union's Lisa Fitzpatrick says nurses rejected a health care worker role five times at state-wide meetings last year. ... Nurses