RNs - New South Wales

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Overseas nurses recruited to fill state shortage

ABC News, March 23, 2006

New South Wales Health Minister John Hatzistergos says more than 1,000 overseas nurses have been recruited to work in the State's hospitals to make up for a severe shortage of locally trained nurses.

He says the Federal Government has refused to fund sufficient training places to meet the staffing needs of the State's hospitals.

About a third of the overseas nurses will work in general medical areas, while the remainder will specialise in areas including mental health, intensive care and midwifery. ... Overseas

Nurses fear unit closure will mean lost staff

Northern Star, March 15, 2006

Helen O'Donnell is worried the closure of the St Vincent’s Hospital birthing unit will have unforeseen flow-on effects for Lismore Base Hospital.

The NSW Nurses’ Association’s Lismore branch secretary says that since the closure the hospital restructured its nurses division, leaving it without a full-time manager on the ward.

"Private nurses get less money than public nurses, and if you leave them leaderless they’ll start losing staff," she said. ... Nurses

Call To Spend Surplus On Medicare

New South Wales Nurses Association, March 13, 2006

The Save Medicare Alliance has called on the federal government to use its record budget surplus to restore Medicare to world-class standards.

While the big end of town clamber for yet another tax cut, federal government under-funding continues to threaten our healthcare system, in particular Medicare, the Alliance said.

The Alliance, a coalition of community and health groups, points out that opinion polls consistently show the vast majority of Australians would rather see increased funding on health than yet another tax cut for the wealthy. ... Call

NSW Govt Protects Public Hospital Nurses From Work Choices Attack

Reasonable Workloads Award rights are saved from attack.
New South Wales Nurses Association, March 7, 2006

The State Labor Government has moved decisively to protect public hospital nurses from the Howard government's new IR laws.

The Iemma Government has today introduced new legislation that will protect and insulate your Award conditions from attack.

This means important gains won over many years such as your shift penalty rates and overtime, your reasonable workloads Award clause and paid maternity leave will not be opened up to attack under the new federal system. ... NSW

Fast-tracking new nurses

Jeremy Scott, Daily Liberal, February 24, 2006

Sixty newly qualified nurses will take their first steps towards a new career after the success of a local program helped fast-track their move into the health service.

A Dubbo TAFE program designed to qualify nurses and assist in gaining employment has contributed to an influx of nurses entering the workforce this year across the State.

The Enrolled Nurse Education Program, a partnership between NSW TAFE and NSW Health, will this year see 1150 new trainee enrolled nurses employed in the health service. ... Fast-tracking

License All Care Workers

New South Wales Nurses Association, February 23, 2006

The ANF, today, is calling for the licensing of all care workers in aged care facilities.

'The purpose of licensing is to protect the public,' ANF federal secretary Jill Iliffe said.

Health professionals such as nurses and doctors are licensed. They must comply with national standards and work to professional codes of conduct and ethics.

'Their employment history can be and is monitored,' she said. ... License

Mandatory Staffing Levels And Skills Mix: Not Mandatory Reporting

New South Wales Nurses Association, February 23, 2006

The ANF today called for the introduction of mandatory staffing levels and skills mix in aged care facilities.

'There is an almost universal tendency in aged care for employers to employ care workers rather than nurses to reduce costs,' ANF federal secretary Jill Iliffe said.

Care workers are an essential and valuable part of the workforce in aged care. However they are not being adequately supported or supervised because there are not enough nurses employed to do so. ... Mandatory

Nurses rally against 'staff shortages'

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 14, 2006

Around 80 nurses, waving placards and carrying a large banner, have rallied outside Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital to highlight what they say are serious staffing shortages.

The nurses say cost cutting and general budget pressures are jeopardising patient care.

The nurses at Royal North Shore Hospital say they are tired and frustrated and just want more support.

One nurse says if the situation continues she will quit. ... Nurses

Pregnant Worker Wins Discrimination Case

New South Wales Nurses Association, February 10, 2006

A hospital blood collector has been awarded $7500 compensation for sex discrimination after her employer, North Coast Area Health Service, failed to meet her request for light duties when she was heavily pregnant.

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal upheld a complaint by Ms Kylie Jordan of sex discrimination on the grounds of her late-term pregnancy. The tribunal rejected her complaint of victimisation.

Ms Jordan, an employee at Lismore Base Hospital, repeatedly requested light duties on the grounds that she was finding it difficult to do her normal job as a specimen collector because of her advanced pregnancy. ... Pregnant

Nurses in ice-block air-con protest

AAP, January 15, 2006

Nurses will be handing out iceblocks outside a NSW hospital tomorrow, complaining that even though the facility is turning 15 it still has incomplete air-conditioning. The NSW Nurses Association says there are up to 700 beds in John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle but 450 are without air-conditioning. The nurses want the state government to immediately provide portable air conditioners throughout the hospital, and they want extra government funding so the hospital is permanently air-conditioned by October.

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Nurses Demand Air-Conditioning Throughout John Hunter By October 2006

New South Wales Nurses Association, January 11, 2006

The air-conditioning fiasco at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital has gone on for long enough and the State Government must immediately provide portable air-conditioners throughout the hospital and provide funding so the entire hospital is permanently air-conditioned by October this year, the NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) said today.

The issue was debated at a meeting of the NSWNA’s John Hunter Hospital branch on Monday (9 January) and at a meeting of the Association’s State Council last night. ... Nurses

Nurses happier after Vaile talks

Simone Plews, Port Macquarie News, November 28, 2005

Local nurses have met with Deputy Prime Minister and Lyne MP Mark Vaile to discuss the federal government’s WorkChoice industrial relations legislation.

Port Macquarie Private Hospital branch secretary of the NSW Nurses’ Association Wendy Jones said the meeting last week had been “generally quite positive”. ... Nurses

Vaile Finally Did Meet With Local Nurses

New South Wales Nurses Association, November 24, 2005

After months of trying NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) members in Port Macquarie finally got a meeting this week with the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Lyne, Mark Vaile, to discuss the impact of the Federal Government's controversial industrial relations changes.

Members of the NSWNA’s Port Macquarie Private Hospital branch, in Mr Vaile’s electorate, had been trying to get a meeting with him for months to discuss their concerns about the industrial relations changes. They first requested an appointment with Mr Vaile on July 20. ... Vaile

Staffing Dispute At Calvary Aged Care Facility In Cessnock - Update

New South Wales Nurses Association, November 23, 2005

Following yesterday afternoon's (21 November) compulsory conference in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission (NSW IRC) talks will continue between management officials from Cessnock's Calvary Community Retirement facility and the Hunter New England Area Health Service over a range of issues affecting the facility, including funding and staffing levels.

The outcome of those discussions will be provided to the NSW IRC at a report-back hearing in Newcastle next Thursday, 1 December. ... Staffing

Nurses Want 'Vaile' Of Secrecy On IR Laws Lifted

New South Wales Nurses Association, November 22, 2005

Given his continued refusal to meet with local nurses, NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA) members in Port Macquarie now want the Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Lyne, Mark Vaile, to answer a few questions publicly on the impact of the Federal Government's industrial relations changes.

Members of the NSWNA's Port Macquarie Private Hospital branch, in Mr Vaile's electorate, have been trying to get a meeting with him for months to discuss their concerns about the controversial industrial relations changes. They first requested an appointment with Mr Vaile on July 20. ... Nurses

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