Lamp April 2017

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It’s time to improve ratios

Government-employed nurses across NSW have voted to campaign for greater quality and equality in public health services. One hundred and seventy seven NSWNMA branches overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’ to endorse the union’s 2017 ratios and pay claim. ...



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‘Every patient deserves the right to excellent, timely and safe nursing care.’

‘Specials put a huge load on what is already a very busy, high-stress department.’ “Every patient deserves the right to excellent, timely and safe nursing care. As a senior nurse I sometimes feel we are letting people down due to staffing const...



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Penalty rate cuts hit women, young people

Low-paid women and young people are tipped to be the biggest losers from cuts to penalty rates in four industries. Who’s next? Years of campaigning by employer lobby groups and Coalition politicians paid off when the Fair Work Commission cut Sunday...



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‘I couldn’t pay the bills without penalty rates’

Aged care assistant nurse Joane Reyes studies part-time for a nursing degree. She works a permanent Saturday to Wednesday roster so she can attend university on weekdays. Joane has been doing weekend work for about nine years. “I couldn’t pay the...



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Privatisation victims tell their stories

Inquiry hears ‘raw, confronting’ testimony on disability care. David Hetherington was not expecting to hear “emotionally harrowing” testimony from victims of the outsourcing of public services when he chaired Australia’s first national Peop...



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Aged care questions answered

The NSWNMA has produced a series of leaflets to help consumers navigate their way through the complex process involved when transitioning a loved one into residential aged care. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association has joined forces with doctor...



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Big back pay win at Royal North Shore

Fifteen nurses at Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital will get back payment of the in charge of shift allowance they were denied for more than four years. Hospital management finally agreed to the back payment after the NSW Nurses and Midwives Asso...