'Dumb' software hurting nurses

Claire Roger, Dominion Post, July 27, 2011 "Dumb" rostering software at Wellington Hospital is making staff tired and stressed and contributing to shortages in some areas, the nurses' union says. Grant Brookes, a Nurses Organisation delegate at Capital & Coast District Health Board, said the software generated rosters that flouted the DHB's rostering guidelines. The problems had been going on for more than 18 months and affected "many hundreds" of staff, including nurses, nurse aids and midwives. "People are being given long stretches of shifts – for six or seven days in a row, they're being given single days off rather than two in a row ... " Dumb