RNs - Queensland

More funds sought to keep Mackay hospital nurses

ABC News, July 13, 2007 The Medical Staff Association says Mackay Base
Hospital needs more funding to help attract and retain nursing staff.
The north Queensland hospital closed six beds on its medical ward this
week due to a shortage of nurses. The closures came as attempts were
being made to actually free-up beds and recruit staff to cope with
extra demand through winter. The association's Dr Belinda Weich says
the shortages are partly due to the attractiveness of nursing as a
career, but it is also a funding issue. "I think there's definitely a
problem with funding all over in the hospital and we need a new
facility actually here and that we hope that ... we will be heard for
getting more funding to get a new facility to actually have proper

Private nurses “work choice” ignored by employer

Toowong Private Hospital nurses want a union agreement. But under Howard’s laws that means nothing.
Queensland Nurses Union, May 4, 2007 Nurses at Toowong Private Hospital have overwhelmingly rejected attempts by their employer to impose a sub-standard, non-union workplace agreement on nursing staff, the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) said today. However, their employer continues to ignore their “work choice” and, under John Howard’s pro-employer industrial relations laws, there is very little they or their union representatives can do about it other than apply some public pressure. ... Private

Nurses recruited to Queensland

Herald Sun, March 30, 2007
More than 100 British nurses are heading to Queensland in response to a recruitment drive, says Premier Peter Beattie. "We've been recruiting in Britain and, while I didn't tell the British Government while I was here, the reality is it's been great in terms of success," Mr Beattie said in London. "We've had a number of shows, and a number of times we've said to British nurses: 'Come to Australia'. Well, it's working."

British nurses to begin work in Cairns

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, January 17, 2007
Cairns Base Hospital says an influx of British nurses to the hospital over the next few weeks is good news for the region. About 150 new nurses have arrived from England to help relieve existing nursing staff. The nursing manager of human resources, Denise Wilds, says the nurses have excellent credentials. "I'm very confident they're good workers - they are all registered with the Queensland Nursing Council, which is our registering authority and they've made all the competency standards required for that - yes they're really good nurses," she said.
© 2007 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Fears nurses exposed to cancer risk

AAP, December 31, 2006 Queensland Health has launched an investigation after specialist nurses at a Brisbane hospital said they feared they have been exposed to a cancer risk while using outdated safety measures. The nurses at Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital on Brisbane's southside were exposed to toxic particles earlier this month while mixing a drug used in the treatment of bladder cancer. World safety guidelines require staff to handle the drug, Mitomycin C, in well-ventilated areas and to wear protective clothing. The drug is carcinogenic in rats and can cause cancer in humans if incorrectly handled. ... Fears

Correction

Just thought I would let you know that the Article submitted to RN Queensland on the 28/9/2006 titled "MATER hospital Nurses hoping for a pay increase" refers to a workplace agreement that is in fact a non union agreement utilizing the Australian Federal Government’s new workplace laws which seek to destroy union rights. Regards, James Gilbert, QNU OHS Officer

Thanks for the clarification! I'll post your correction. Please feel free to send articles, info and press releases as they become available. I'll gladly post them. Union-busting is a global phenomenon, so eternal vigilance is needed. Sandy Eaton, RN, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA 

Nurses in kidnap fear

Gold Coast Bulletin, October 23, 2006 The 20-year-old woman was abducted as she got into her car which was parked in the Cougal and High streets car park at 1 PM on Saturday. Her attacker forced her into the car and drove away. The terrified woman escaped by jumping from the moving car. She sustained only minor injuries. Police said the same man later tried to abduct a second woman at the Helensvale shopping centre. A man, 43, has been charged with assaulting and abducting the two women and will appear in the Southport Magistrates court today. ... Nurses

Mater Hospital nurses hoping for pay increase

ABC North Queensland, September 26, 2006 Nurses working at Townsville's Mater Hospital are hoping to secure a pay increase of more than 14 per cent over 16 months under a new workplace agreement. Staff will vote on the new agreement and pay conditions this week after ongoing negotiations between the hospital and the Mater's Nursing Advisory Committee. The Hospital's chief executive John Amery says the pay offer is necessary to retain nurse numbers across the board. "Large numbers of nurses prefer to work in the private sector because our work is much easier planned," he said. "It's all elective surgery, they don't have the violence issues we hear about constantly in the public sector, they don't get that in the private sector. But that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be recognised in any less way and we try to maintain peace with the public sector as we have in the past." ... Mater

Nurses Reject Lower Pay

LaborNET, September 4, 2006 Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) members at Uniting HealthCare (UHC) hospitals have voted overwhelmingly to reject a new enterprise bargaining agreement, which pays them less than public hospital nurses. When the vote was counted last Friday, more than 80 per cent of the nurses who voted - 615 out of 762 formal votes - had rejected the UHC pay and conditions offer. Huge NO votes were recorded at UHC's flagship hospitals, the Wesley at Auchenflower (85 per cent) and the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital at Buderim (96 per cent). UHC is the second largest provider of acute private healthcare in Queensland, with over 1000 licensed beds at five hospitals and one day surgery facility. ... Nurses

Nurses call for greater accountability and transparency in private hospitals

Queensland Nurses Union, July 14, 2006

The Queensland Nurses Union’s (QNU) annual conference has unanimously called on the Queensland Government to ensure all data collected on patient outcomes and service quality in the private hospital sector is publicly released.

The resolution passed by the conference is:

That the QNU strenuously lobby Queensland Health to ensure that data being collected through the Queensland Health Quality Hospital Outcomes reporting on comparative clinical outcomes in both public and private hospitals be made available to the public. ... Nurses

Nurses in pay deal

Brisbane Courier Mail, June 3, 2006

Queensland nurses have voted to accept a pay rise that will bring them into line with other states and territories.

Under the three-year deal, worth almost $1 billion, the salaries of Level One nurses, who represent almost half of all nurses in the state, will rise from $53,525 a year (as of October 2005) to $64,496 by March 2009.

The base rate for most nurses managing wards and units – or nurse unit managers – will rise from $66,929 to $86,416.

This represents a total pay increase of 25.3 per cent, which includes a 4 per cent interim rise agreed to by nurses last December. ... Nurses

$1bn offer in nurse pay war

Sean Parnell & Sid Maher, The Australian, March 3, 2006

Queensland's public-sector nurses have won a massive pay rise that will see them leapfrog their colleagues in nearly every state to become the highest-paid outside NSW.

The $1 billion package, offering a cumulative 25.3 per cent rise over three years to 22,000 nurses, will force other states to pay more to compete.

An ageing workforce and shortage of graduates has also led the Beattie Government to improve working conditions in an effort to entice back nurses who have retired, taken leave or sought jobs in other sectors. ... $1bn

Queensland nurses welcome $1b pay offer

AAP, March 2, 2006

Queensland nurses have welcomed a $1 billion pay offer that would boost their salaries by 25 per cent over the next three years.

The deal follows large pay rises for doctors as part of the state government's plan to fix Queensland's ailing health system.

Premier Peter Beattie outlined in parliament a new enterprise bargaining agreement that would boost the pay of Level One nurses, who represent almost half of all nurses in the state, from $53,525 a year (as of October 2005) to $64,497 by March 2009. ... Queensland

Qld nurses offered $1b pay deal

ABC Online, March 2, 2006

 The State Government has offered Queensland nurses a billion-dollar pay deal in an effort to attract and retain health professionals in the state's hospitals.

 If the offer is accepted, most nurses in public hospitals would receive a pay rise of more than 25 per cent over the next few years.

 Bess Mohle, from the nurses' union, says the offer will now be taken to members across the state.

 "We are actually scheduling report back meetings over the next two weeks," she said. ... Qld

Hospital workers let down

Townsville Bulletin, March 2, 2006

A survey highlighting patient satisfaction with the doctors and nurses who work the wards at the Townsville Hospital is a credit to their professionalism.

It comes at a time when authorities acknowledge that our health workers are struggling with critical staffing shortages, inadequate resources and low morale.

The media has been roundly criticised for highlighting the problems in the health system, with opponents arguing it reflects badly on the doctors, nurses and support staff. ... Hospital

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