RNs - New South Wales

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Hundreds of NSW nurses stop work for rally

AAP, June 15, 2011 Nurses at a Sydney hospital have walked off the job and will board a "strike train" to join other public sector workers at a major rally against the NSW government's new wages policy. Staff at Westmead Hospital stopped work on Wednesday morning and began gathering at the nearby train station, ahead of a major strike outside Parliament House about midday in the city. NSW Nurses Association spokeswoman Rita Martin said nurses voted unanimously last week to strike and attend the stop work meet. ... Hundreds

City nurses a staff shortage

Louise Thrower, Goulburn Post, January 14, 2011 A breakthrough on nurses’ pay and workloads will not turnaround Goulburn’s difficulties in luring the profession, a representative body says. As beds re-opened at two Goulburn hospitals yesterday, the NSW Nurses Association said community leaders had to embark on a concerted push to make the city an attractive place to live and work. Regional organiser Fran McQuade told the Post that the Southern NSW Local Health Network had tried hard with a big marketing campaign, but it wasn’t working. ... City

Nurses make their point

Luke Buffier, Moree Champion, November 25, 2010 Nurses at Moree hospital joined more than 190 other public hospitals and community health services across the state in a strike yesterday. Taking to the footpath, nurses received a show of support as motorists beeped their horns as they passed through the Moree Bypass road works. A Moree nurse, who asked not to be named, said they were striking due to inadequate staff-to-patient ratios. Nurses in NSW wanted a four patient to one nurse ratio enshrined in legislation, along the same lines as Victoria, she said. ... Nurses

Nurses strike hits

Cooma Monaro Express, November 25, 2010 Nurses in Cooma went on strike for six hours yesterday as part of statewide industrial action by the NSW Nurses Association in support of a campaign centred on safer patient care. Patients in Cooma Hospital were cared for by a skeleton staff as the nurses took their campaign to the streets by marching along Sharp Street to Centennial Park. Once there, they were greeted by dozens of honking car horns as passing motorists expressed their support. The Association’s Cooma branch representative Wendy Chapman said the strike was unavoidable because of the NSW government’s refusal to implement ... Nurses

Wagga nurses walk in protest

Patrick Wood, Daily Advertiser, November 25, 2010 More than 50 nurses and midwives walked from Victory Memorial Gardens to Robertson Oval yesterday in protest over excessive workloads in NSW public hospitals. Organised as part of state-wide industrial action, staff from Wagga Base Hospital held picket signs and attracted onlookers as they marched. "One man called out 'patient safety'," said NSW Nurses' Association (NSWNA) Wagga branch president, Jodie Godfrey. "People were clapping their hands, tooting their horns; people were coming out of their shops and saying it was great," she said. ... Wagga

Local nurses take fight to the streets

Eden Magnet, November 25, 2010 Local nurses gathered at Pambula yesterday to join their colleagues around NSW in fighting for a better nurse to patient ratio. The South Coast Labour Council also urged the community to show their support for the nurses’ push for a one nurse to four patient ratio which would improve patient care in the Illawarra and South Coast. South Coast Labour Council Secretary, Arthur Rorris, said everyone knows that nurses are doing it tough. “Day in, day out, they are just trying to maintain the level of service to our community with insufficient resources,” Mr Rorris said. ... Local

Local nurses voted no to strike action

Glen Innes Examiner, November 25, 2010 Despite information to the contrary provided by the NSW Nursing Association (NSWNA) reported in Tuesday’s Examiner, Glen Innes does have a branch of the association. Delegate/Secretary Jenny Harrington said the local branch boasted more than 50 members, accounting for around 80 per cent of the nursing staff at the Glen Innes Hospital. Local members met last Wednesday to discuss the association’s proposed strike action in support of its 1 nurse : 4 patients - The way to safe patient care campaign, and voted overwhelmingly to not participate in yesterday’s protest. ... Local

Nurses unite for better care

Cootamundra Herald, November 24, 2010 Local nurses will be highly visible this morning as they walk from the Cootamundra Hospital to the Post Office and along Parker Street in support of the NSW Nurses’ Association push to establish ratios of one nurse to four patients in all hospitals in NSW. Cootamundra nurses will join colleagues from across the state as they strike to ensure this vital patient care measure is met. A recent meeting between local nurses saw them vote unanimously to support the strike action and it is expected about 15 nurses will take part in this morning’s walk. ... Nurses

Tebbutt urges nurses back to negotiations

AAP, November 24, 2010 NSW Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt has urged striking nurses to return to negotiations over wages and conditions, saying she is confident "good sense" and "good will" will see a fair end to the dispute. Thousands of nurses across NSW walked off the job on Wednesday over the ongoing stoush with the government over nurse-to-patient ratios. Up to 190 public hospitals have been forced to scale back their services, with wards reduced to night duty staffing levels and all elective surgery cancelled, but emergency departments are open as normal. ... Tebbutt

Nurses' strike will go ahead

ABC, November 23, 2010 The New South Wales Nurses Association says tomorrow's planned strike will go ahead. Association General Secretary Brett Holmes says there has been no contact from the health department over the union's demand for a ratio of one nurse to every four patients for day shifts. Mr Holmes says negotiations have stalled, so nurses from 170 public hospitals will strike. "The length of the strike will vary according to the location of the facility and whether they are participating in the meeting at homebush from 1130 AM to 1 PM," he said. A spokesman for the health department says a statement will be released shortly.

Nurses to strike over numbers

Danielle Nicastri, Manly Daily, November 23, 2010 Fed-up nurses at Manly and Mona Vale hospitals will take part in a statewide strike today aimed at improving nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals. But a skeleton staff will continue in each ward of the two hospitals. NSW Nurses’ Association president Lyn Hopper said the decision to strike was not taken lightly. But she said it was approved unanimously by branches of the association. “Nurses don’t take striking lightly and it has been done very much as a last resort,” she said. “As usual, the nurses are not doing it for personal gain or extra pay, they’re doing it for better patient care. ... ” Nurses

Nurses strike 'will hamper negotiations'

ABC, November 22, 2010 New South Wales Minister for Health Carmel Tebbutt says this week's proposed nurses strike will hamper negotiations on patient ratios. Nurses and midwives from over 170 of the state's hospitals will stop work on Wednesday, calling for nurse to patient ratios of one to four. They say they change would make the hospital system safer. The nurses are going ahead with the strike even though the Industrial Relations Commission ordered them to delay it for a month. The Department of Health has been negotiating with the union, and Ms Tebbutt says the strike will not help their cause. ... Nurses

More nurses join in strike

Port Macquarie News, November 22, 2010 Community nurses have thrown their support behind their hospital counterparts in a campaign for safer nurse staffing levels. The Hastings Area Community Nurses NSW Nurses’ Association Branch unanimously voted on Friday to strike between 11.30 AM and 3.30 PM on Wednesday. Branch secretary David Rogers said the nurses would maintain essential services. The strike action is in support of the NSW Nurses’ Association statewide push for a mandatory ratio of one nurse to every four patients. The Port Macquarie Base Hospital NSW Nurses’ Association Branch members will strike during the same four-hour period as the community nurses. The hospital will be staffed at night duty levels, except in critical areas, during the strike.

North coast nurses join statewide strike

ABC, November 22, 2010 The region's nurses will strike this week, in a bid to boost staffing numbers. The New South Wales Nurses Association has voted to take industrial action in Sydney on Wednesday November 24, to push for the introduction of minimum nurse-to-patient ratios. The union's regional organiser, Jo-Anne McKeough, says having the right ratio is the only way to safely care for patients. She says nurses are sick of waiting for a response from the State government. "They're calling for the government to listen," she said. "A nurse to patient ratio is the only way to provide safe patient care, it's exactly what Victoria has." ... North

Nurses Go On Strike Against Industrial Umpire Order

Marina Dimova, Visit Bulgaria, November 21, 2010 Going against the industrial umpire’s order, nurses in NSW are promising to walk off their jobs taking industrial action next Wednesday i. e. 24th November, to push their 1 Nurse 4 Patients campaign. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) committee of delegates have called for the industrial action, hoping for a major overhaul of the public hospital and healthcare system, through the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, both in public hospitals and community healthcare services. ... Nurses

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