RNs - New South Wales

Sydney uni to close nursing faculty

AAP, June 9, 2004

Sydney University will stop accepting undergraduate nursing students next year, renewing concerns the NSW nursing shortage will worsen.

The move to dispose of the faculty, one of two banned from fee rises, was part of a plan to boost revenue, a Sydney Morning Herald report said.

Around 60 staff would be affected and almost 860 positions lost, the report said.

New undergraduates would be transferred to other institutions, the nearby University of Technology and the Australian Catholic University.

Postgraduate programs would be retained, while enrolled students would not be affected, the report said. ... Sydney

Aged Care Nurses Legal Fight

LaborNET, June 3, 2004

The NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) this week (June 2, 3 and 4) continues hearing the NSW Nurses Association's (NSWNA) special wages and conditions case for aged care nurses.

The case is aimed at addressing the low nurse wages and excessive workloads, which are creating a staffing crisis in the residential aged care sector.

In her opening submissions on May 17 counsel for the NSWNA, Claire Howell, discussed the reasons for the case, including the public interest in being able to care for an ageing population and properly staff an expanding aged care sector. ... Aged

Aged Care Nurses Confront Crisis

LaborNET, May 18, 2004

The Full Bench of the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) will today start hearing the NSW Nurses Association's (NSWNA) special wages and conditions case for aged care nurses.

A contingent of aged care nurses will be in the public gallery to hear the NSWNA's opening submissions.

The case is aimed at addressing the low nurse wages and excessive workloads, which are creating a staffing crisis in the residential aged care sector. ... Aged

Nurses may close beds

Jim O'Rourke & Miranda Wood, Sydney Morning Herald, May 16, 2004

NSW nurses are threatening to close hospital beds if the State Government's plan to open 1000 extra beds this winter goes ahead.

The NSW Nurses' Association general secretary Brett Holmes said the union was already in dispute with the Government over excessive nursing workloads and current bed numbers.

Mr Holmes said nurses were close to breaking point and were ready to take strong action.

"This latest plan to open another 1000 beds without indicating how they will be staffed has brought the matter to a head," he said. ... Nurses

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