RNs - New South Wales

Nurses skip lunch for one to four

Belinda Scott, Coff's Coast Advocate, November 20, 2010 Nurses from the Coffs Harbour Health Campus are trading in their lunch hours today to attend a union rally pushing for a nurse to patient ratio of one to four. The rally will begin at the Renal Unit at 12.15 PM. The Nurses Association says the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse to patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services would represent a major overhaul of the NSW public health system. The one2four campaign is part of negotiations between the NSW Nurses Association and NSW Health. ... Nurses

Nurses say they'll go on strike

Daily Telegraph, November 20, 2010 NSW nurses vowed last night to walk off the job next Wednesday, despite the industrial umpire ordering them not to. The NSW Nurses Association committee of delegates agreed on Tuesday to take the industrial action to push their "1 Nurse 4 Patients" campaign. They are calling for a major overhaul of the state's public hospital and healthcare system through the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services. But the Industrial Relations Commission yesterday ordered a month-long strike ban. ... Nurses

Nurses to push ahead with strike

ABC, November 20, 2010 Nurses in New South Wales say they will go ahead with a planned strike this week despite being warned not to by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission (AIRC). The NSW Nurses Union says more than 180 of its branches are determined to strike on Wednesday. They are pushing for the State Government to mandate a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio in the public health system. The department of health says the AIRC yesterday ordered the nurses to postpone the strike for at least a month. But union general secretary Brett Holmes says the Government will need to come to the table and negotiate to stop them. ... Nurses

Numbers game key to much-needed overhaul

Sue Dunlevy, The Australian, November 20, 2010 The idea of a nurse-to-patient ratio must be central to the activity-based funding system at the core of the government's hospital reforms. This is according to nurse unions, which claim such ratios are crucial to quality care. It's just one of a range of industrial issues state and federal governments must tackle as they develop a so-called efficient pricing system for public hospital care. Fair Work Australia soon is to determine union claims for huge pay rises for low-paid social services and hospital workers, which could affect hospital staffing costs. ... Numbers

Nurses to strike despite order

AAP, November 19, 2010 Nurses in NSW have vowed to walk off the job next Wednesday, despite the industrial umpire ordering them not to. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) committee of delegates agreed on Tuesday to take industrial action on November 24 to push their 1 Nurse 4 Patients campaign. They are calling for a major overhaul of the state's public hospital and healthcare system through the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services. The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) on Friday ordered a month-long strike ban, a NSW Health spokesman said. ... Nurses

State nurses strike for more staff

AAP, November 17, 2010 NSW Nurses have voted for a one-day strike as part of a campaign to boost staffing numbers across the state. The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) committee of delegates agreed on Tuesday to take industrial action on November 24 to push their 1 Nurse - 4 Patients campaign. They are calling for a major overhaul of the state's public hospital and healthcare system, through the introduction of mandated, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in public hospitals and community healthcare services. It will be the first statewide nurses' strike in NSW since November 2001, the association said. ... State

Nurses take to streets asking for better patient care

Stacy Thomas, Cumberland Courier Newspapers, November 16, 2010 Nurses are campaigning for a better patient to nurse ratio claiming that the community is being put at risk because of bureaucratic expectations that they each care for upwards of six patients at Mt Druitt and other hospitals. A handful of nurses spent their lunch break last Thurday rallying at Mt Druitt in an attempt to bring the campaign and its issues to the attention of the public. Other rallies were held throughout the state, all with the same intent - a better ratio of nurses to patients. ... Nurses

Nurses Campaign to Rectify Nurse-to-Patient Ratio

Rasik Sharma, Top News, November 16, 2010 With the nurses' campaigns for increasing patient-to-nurse ratio, they want to offer better care to the patients. They are opposing by the way of rallies the present system of one nurse catering to six patients at Mt Druitt and other facilities. There were numerous rallies led by the nurses the last Thursday. A group of nurse took the march at Mt Druitt the same day so as to raise their voice for rectifying nurse-to-patient ratio. Till now, no acceptation has been granted to the demands of the nurses that have been leading by the NSW Nurses Association. In the protest, they have been campaigning through advertisements and lunch-time rallies. ... Nurses

Nurses to rally at Concord Hospital

Fiona Brady, Cumberland Courier Newspapers, November 10, 2010 Nurses at Concord Hospital will arm themselves with placards and loudspeakers this Friday lunchtime to rally for compulsory nurse-to-patient ratios. The NSW Nurses’ Association campaign claims that for safe patient care a mandatory ratio of one nurse to every four patients is needed in NSW hospitals. The State Government rejected the union’s demand last month. Concord Hospital branch delegate Sonya Jones said patients and nurses would reap the benefits if ratios were introduced. ... Nurses

'Overworked' nurses protest at Liverpool Hospital

Simone Roberts, Cumberland Courier Newspapers, November 10, 2010 Nurses and midwives from Liverpool Hospital took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against excessive workloads. The rally was part of a campaign to convince the State Government to introduce minimum nurse-to-patient ratios. “Nurses work tirelessly day in and day out, miss meal breaks, come in early and go home late, doing their utmost to ensure that patients receive the best level of care that they can. No more, we can’t do this anymore,” NSW Nurses’ Association’s Lisa Kremmer said. The dangerously low staffing levels at Liverpool Hospital were compromising safe patient care, Ms Kremmer said. ...

Nursing jobs axed, state opposition says

Sydney Morning Herald, October 14, 2010 Hundreds of nursing jobs were cut in Sydney's west and north shore and the NSW central coast in the 12 months to June 2010, the state opposition says. Freedom of Information documents reveal the figures, showing 340 nursing jobs were shed by the Sydney West Area Health Service, including at Westmead Hospital. A further 99 nursing positions were cut by Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service, according to opposition health spokesman Jillian Skinner. ... Nursing

Nurses issue staffing ultimatum

Peter Weekes, Lismore Northern Star, September 27, 2010 Local nurses are talking tough ahead of an October deadline for the State Government to address staffing concerns. As part of a statewide log of claims over staffing levels, Northern Rivers nurses are adding their voice to demands for a mandated minium nurse-to-patient ratio. “What it means is we will no longer be bogged down with workload issues,” the NSW Nurses Association’s branch secretary at Lismore Base Hospital Gil Wilson said. “Even now we are about to go into dispute with the area health service on the cutting of hours on the wards.” ... Nurses

Nurses forced to carry patients during lifts outage

ABC, September 23, 2010 The New South Wales Opposition's far south coast MP says nurses at Bega Hospital are complaining they are being forced to carry patients up and down stairs while elevators undergo service. The Greater Southern Area Health Service says patients in the medical and children's wards on the second floor have been relocated to the surgical ward on the first floor. But the Member for Bega, Andrew Constance, says nurses have reported that this has not happened. He says the second lift cannot be used. ... Nurses

Local nurses support hospital reform

ABC, September 21, 2010 The State Nurses Association says nurses in South East New South Wales have shown overwhelming support for hospital reform. The Association is pushing for minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which it says will be the biggest reform of the state's public health system in decades. Union branches at the Cooma, Bega, Moruya and Pambula hospitals have pledged support. The General Secretary, Brett Holmes, says the region is playing its part in the campaign. "There's overwhelming support in the region for the nurse-to-patient ratios," he said. ... Local

Health workers back nurse rosters rethink

ABC, September 21, 2010 Staff at 13 New South Wales far north coast health facilities are backing a campaign to overhaul the way nurses are rostered. The New South Wales Nurses Association wants a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio introduced in the state's public hospitals. The union says the model has worked well in Victoria since 2001. The association's state secretary, Brett Holmes, says enforcing the ratios would ensure better outcomes for patients. ... Health

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