RNs - Queensland

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Qld 'targeting' SA doctors, nurses

The Australian, February 24, 2006

Queensland is targeting South Australia's doctors and nurses, SA's Opposition said. Liberal health spokesman Robert Brokenshire said an extensive advertising campaign by Queensland authorities would almost certainly attract doctors, nurses and other medical officers. He said the SA Government should begin a comprehensive recruitment campaign of its own to counter the Queensland initiative and help end a shortage of doctors and nurses in SA. "Queensland is advertising every week for nurses and other health specialists and our doctors and nurses are well and truly in the firing line," Mr Brokenshire said.

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Mental illness boost for nurses

Emma Chalmers, Brisbane Courier Mail, February 20, 2006

Thousands of Queensland nurses and student nurses will be given specialist training to treat mental health patients as part of a major State Government plan to address mental illness.

Health Minister Stephen Robertson today unveiled a new nurse training program designed to improve the care of mental health patients in Queensland and ease pressure on the health system.

Fifteen nurse educators will be employed by Queensland Health to teach the specialist skills to the state's nurses as well as nursing students and new staff. ... Mental

Nurses' union to give regular health briefings to MPs

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 3, 2006

The Queensland Nurses Union says it will give Government MPs regular updates on issues in the public health system.

Union president Gay Hawksworth yesterday addressed the Labor Caucus at a retreat on the Sunshine Coast, along with the Australian Medical Association and other health stakeholders.

Ms Hawksworth says it was a worthwhile exercise and she had a good hearing. ... Nurses

Nurses' code under national review

ABC Online, January 23, 2006

A nationwide review of codes for nurses and midwives will begin at the James Cook University in far north Queensland this week.

The university won a tender to review the code of professional conduct and code of ethics for nurses and midwives.

Professor Mary Fitzgerald says it is important the codes are updated.

"We have this code of conduct and ethics and they are linked to the international codes, but because they are Australian, they have a contextual flavour for Australia," she said. ... Nurses

Massive shortage of aged care nurses in Queensland

Seniors Weekly International Survey, January 16, 2006 According to nursing unions, a shortfall of up to 500 aged care nurses in Queensland is threatening the viability of nursing homes and standard of elderly care. The looming crisis is being largely blamed on the widening gap between what general and aged care nurses are paid.

The future of Queensland's nursing homes and ongoing patient care is under threat from a massive shortage of aged care nurses.

The problem is so bad a 4.7 million euros aged care facility built nine months ago at Yeppoon in central Queensland has been unable to find enough nurses to open its doors. ... Massive

1500 health workers strike

Advertiser, November 24, 2005

Queensland's public and private health workers have walked off the job over workplace disputes.

Queensland Public Sector Union organiser Joe Kelly said about 1500 Queensland Health staff, such as pathology workers, biomedical technicians and radiation health officers, carried out stop-work protests across the state.

Workers were angry the State Government had not acted on a review into Queensland's public health system by consultant Peter Forster, which found the state needed to spend $1.5 billion to fix its ailing health system, Mr Kelly said. ... 1500

Nurses to stop work over pay push

ABC, November 17, 2005 Nurses at Toowoomba's St Vincents Hospital are stopping work today as part of their campaign for better pay. The Queensland Nurses Union says staff have been offered a 3 per cent annual pay rise while the Queensland Government is offering public nurses an increase of 4 per cent. The nurses' stop-work campaign will take place this afternoon between 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Nurse hit with bill after failed case

AAP, November 5, 2005

A whistleblowing nurse has been lumped with a legal bill of more than $500,000, after her appeal on Friday failed against five nurses she claims defamed her in state parliament.

Wendy Erglis went public with allegations in 2001 that patients were dying while being forced to wait for beds at the Royal Brisbane Hospital Bone Marrow transplant unit.

She also alleged staff were being sexually harassed and some staff members physically abused and stole from patients. ... Nurse

Inquiry to hear from Bundaberg nurses

ABC, October 27, 2005

Queensland's public hospitals inquiry will sit again today, to hear more evidence from three Bundaberg hospital nurses.

The inquiry had finished with public sittings last Friday.

Today will be the 80th day of hearing evidence in the Morris and subsequent Davies inquiries.

It is understood today's witnesses are theatre nurses at the hospital. ... Inquiry

Nurses walk off the job

AAP, October 27, 2005

Nurses at the Mount Olivet Private Hospital in Brisbane have walked off the job this morning over wages. The nurses stopped work for two hours from 7am (AEST) today.

The Queensland Nurses Union today said most of general ward nurses at the hospital earned nine per cent less than their public hospital counterparts.

Union spokeswoman Gaye Hawksworth told ABC radio the nurses were among Queensland's lowest paid. ... Nurses

Staff shortages put cancer patients out in cold

Jeff Sommerfeld, Brisbane Courier Mail, August 24, 2005

Cancer services at the Gold Coast hospital will cease taking new patients from next week following the departure of qualified nursing staff from the hospital's cancer support services.

It is believed between seven to eight nurses have notified the hospital of their intention to leave, and a statewide shortage of suitably qualified replacements will see services curtailed until new staff can be recruited.

A statement from Queensland Health yesterday said the medical staff supporting oncology also faces a reduction in numbers in coming months. ... Staff

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