RNs - New South Wales

Flu Jabs Are A Must

Influenza vaccine will help protect you and your patients. New South Wales Nurses Association, August 9, 2006 All nurses should receive an influenza vaccination to help protect themselves, their co-workers and patients, health authorities recommend. Flu vaccination also reduces the burden on the health system and saves employers money, research shows. Flu vaccine does help to keep nurses healthy. A study at Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital showed a net saving of 2.1 hours sick leave per 1,000 hours worked. NSW Health policy requires health care facilities to offer nurses influenza vaccinations. ... Flu

Desperate Federal Government Wrong About Parkes Nurses, Whose Rights At Work Were Reduced

New South Wales Nurses Association, July 28, 2006 Niola nurses - redundant or less pay, thanks to new IR laws Nursing home operator did not offer training as stated Office of Workplace Services of little use. Claims by the federal Workplace Relations Minister, Kevin Andrews, and federal Member for Parkes, John Cobb, that five enrolled nurses at Parkes can take their job-loss case to the federal Office of Workplace Services or the federal Industrial Relations Commission are a smokescreen to try and hide the fact these nurses are victims of the Howard Government’s new industrial relations laws, the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) said today. ... Desperate

Aged Care Complaints Reforms Welcome But Licensing Remains Key Issue

New South Wales Nurses Association, July 28, 2006 The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) today welcomed the Australian Government's announcement of a new Office for Aged Care Quality and Compliance and a dedicated Aged Care Commissioner, in response to recent reports of abuse of elderly residents in aged care facilities. “We are pleased to see the Government taking measures and allocating significant funding to improve the safety and dignity of people in aged care facilities,” ANF federal secretary Jill Iliffe said. ... Aged

Nurses target IR laws

Di Thomas, Border Mail, July 19, 2006 More than 40 nurses from the Greater Southern Area Health Service will join 400 delegates in Sydney today at the annual conference of the NSW Nurses Association. The association’s general secretary Brett Holmes said the emphasis of this year’s conference would be on Federal Government’s attack on nurses’ rights at work and a range of vital working conditions. “NSW nurses in public hospitals, community health services, private hospitals and aged care facilities are strongly opposed to the Federal Government’s new industrial relations laws,” Mr Holmes said. ... Nurses

New England Nurses Roadshow Also Confirms Howard Is On A Loser With His Attack On People's Rights At Work

Rural nurses say "we didn't vote for this." Issue expected to dominate this week's NSWNA annual conference. New South Wales Nurses Association, July 18, 2006 Nurses expressing their concerns about the Howard Government's new industrial relations laws again inundated New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) officials who were visiting hospitals and nursing homes in the New England recently. The NSWNA took its Nurses Roadshow 06 to parts of the New England in early July, as part of its program of providing a better service to regional and remote area nurses and keeping in touch with the local issues affecting nurses. ... New England Nurses

Northern Sydney Central Coast AHS Nurses Will Not Cooperate With New Management Structure, Which Sidelines Nurses

New South Wales Nurses Association, July 10, 2006

NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) members across the Northern Sydney Central Coast Area Health Service (NSCCAHS) have started voting to take industrial action in protest at the NSCCAHS's decision to reduce the role of nurses in hospital management.

The nurses are angry they are being sidelined while generic managers and doctors are being given all the power to control operational matters, including budgets, in the operating theatres and wards. ... Northern

NSWNA Officials To Tour New England Hospitals & Aged Care Facilities

New South Wales Nurses Association, July 3, 2006

The New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) is bringing the NURSES Roadshow 06 to parts of the New England this week, as part of its program of providing a better service to regional and remote area nurses and keeping in touch with the local issues affecting nurses.

At various times between 3 and 6 July the Roadshow will be based at Tamworth, Inverell, Glen Innes and Armidale hospitals and all nurses in each area are invited to visit the display. ... NSWNA

The Nurses Are Coming To Town

New South Wales Nurses Association, June 19, 2006

NSWNA officials to tour mid north coast and northern rivers hospitals and aged care facilities this week

The New South Wales Nurses Association (NSWNA) is bringing the NURSES Roadshow 06 to parts of the NSW north coast and Northern Rivers this week, as part of its program of providing a better service to regional and remote area nurses and keeping in touch with the local issues affecting nurses.

At various times between 19 and 23 June the Roadshow will be based at Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore, St Vincent's and Tweed Heads hospitals and all nurses in each area are invited to visit the display. ... The Nurses

Greg Combet To Address Forum For Nurses' Rights

New South Wales Nurses Association, June 2, 2006

Nurses rights @ work - worth fighting for, Information Night, Masonic Centre, 14 June 2006, 6 PM - 8 PM

Due to the great amount of interest shown by nurses in the Federal Government's WorkChoices legislation, we have organised a meeting where you will hear a range of speakers who will speak about what this legislation means for NSW nurses. This will be an opportunity for nurses to talk about issues of concern, to ask questions and find out what can be done to minimise the impact of this draconian legislation.

We are pleased that Greg Combet, Secretary of the ACTU will be addressing nurses at this meeting. ... Greg

Have Nelson And The ADF Also Lost Our Kapooka Letter?

Rally outside Kapooka today as angry nurses still await reply from Nelson about nurse sacking at the base's Health Centre.
New South Wales Nurses Association, May 18, 2006

Angry NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) members from hospitals and other health facilities in Wagga Wagga will demonstrate outside the Kapooka defence base today (18 May) as part of their campaign against the recent sacking of a nursing colleague from the Kapooka Health Centre (KHC) and to defend the right of nurses to speak up in the workplace.

NSWNA officials and the Unions NSW Your Rights at Work bus are also in Wagga Wagga as part of the campaign. ... Have

Staff levels are key to job satisfaction

Setting minimum personnel numbers has paid off in Victoria.
Anne Fawcett, Sydney Morning Herald, May 11, 2006

Australia's chronic shortage of nurses is set to worsen, which can only be bad news for an ageing population with increasing health-care needs.

The nation's 237,000 nurses make up 50 per cent of the health workforce. Nearly half are over 45. The average age of a registered nurse is 42 and an aged-care nurse 47.

"We'll need to replace over 100,000 nurses over the next 20 years as they retire," says the Australian Nursing Federation's federal secretary, Jill Iliffe. ... Staff

ANF Says Extend Medicare Rebates For Midwives

New South Wales Nurses Association, May 8, 2006

The Australian Nursing Federation is calling on the Australian Government to extend Medicare rebates for midwifery services, including ante-natal, birthing and post-natal care, to women wherever they live

Ante-natal checks by midwives in regional and remote communities have been covered by Medicare since earlier this year but the rebate should extend to a full range of midwifery services according to ANF federal secretary Jill Iliffe. ... ANF

Uproar Over Arbitrary Sacking Of Nurse At Kapooka Health Centre, Near Wagga

Nurses call on Federal Government to review management and employment practices at the Defence centre.
New South Wales Nurses Association, April 28, 2006

The NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) has called for a review of the management and employment practices at all Defence Force medical centres, following the arbitrary sacking of a senior civilian nurse at the Kapooka Health Centre (KHC) near Wagga Wagga. The NSWNA wrote to the Defence Minister, Brendan Nelson, last night requesting the review.

On March 29 Wagga Wagga nurse, Anne Woodward, was removed from her position of KHC Nurse Manager on the advice of the KHC commanding officer. ... Uproar

Violence Against Nurses Still A Significant Problem

It is a much bigger problem than staff abuse of patients.
New South Wales Nurses Association, April 25, 2006

Violence against nurses is still a significant problem in NSW hospitals and nursing homes and is actually a much bigger problem than the isolated incidents of staff abusing patients, the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) said today.

NSWNA Acting Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said violence and security concerns are still the most common reason nurses ask the NSWNA to carry out an occupational health and safety (OH&S) inspection of their workplace. ... Violence

Stockings claim fails

AAP, April 19, 2006

Nurses at a Sydney hospital will not be reimbursed for the cost of their hosiery after an industrial tribunal found the requirement to wear uniform shoes did not extend to socks and stockings.

The NSW Nurses Association applied to the state Industrial Relations Commission to have the Sydney South West Area Health Service pay for all the hosiery worn by about 800 nurses at Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital for six years to August 23 last year. ... Stockings

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