Lamp June 2017

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The big silence

Critical issues for our public health system like improved ratios, increasing the number of clinical nurse educators and solving the problems around specialling and rosters don’t seem to be a priority for the NSW government. The NSW government has ...



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Short-notice rosters a bugbear for many

A survey reveals widespread nurse dissatisfaction with NSW public health rosters. It’s horrible to not know what’s happening only two weeks away. I can’t plan anything.” That comment is typical of responses to a sample survey conducted by the...



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‘Specials’ require extra staff

Failure to provide extra staff for specials is an additional burden on the public health workforce. Almost half of NSW public sector nurses say they are not provided with additional staff to look after patients who require one-on-one care, or ‘spec...



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Housing is a job changer

Nurses are enduring inflated house prices, exorbitant rents, and increasingly long commutes. Thirty six per cent of NSWNMA members moved home or changed jobs in the previous 12 months because of housing affordability issues, a union survey shows. For...



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Housing trends undermine retirement system

Australia’s declining rate of home ownership threatens to sink our superannuation and pension systems. Home-owning retirees will increasingly be forced to use some or all of their superannuation to pay off their mortgages. An increasing proportion ...



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The case for more nurse prescribing

Extending the scope of nurses and midwives to prescribe medicines would lead to more efficient and cost-effective ways of delivering patient care, say experts. The only nurses who can currently prescribe medicines in Australia are nursing practitione...



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Nursing in the industrial age 

Three decades in the making, Nurses at Work is a fascinating history of occupational health nursing. In 1961, after Nancy Bundle completed her general nurse training at the Royal North Shore and midwifery training at Hornsby, she took an unusual step...



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An international shame

Sydney nurse Alanna Maycock shared a New York stage with world leaders who were horrified by her account of the abuse she witnessed on Nauru. Two-and-a-half years after she worked as a nurse consultant at Nauru Island,Sydney-based registered nurse Al...



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Billions to be lost if penalty rate cut spreads

As the second biggest category of weekend workers, health care workers would be hit hard by cuts to penalty rates. Australia’s hospitals, residential care facilities and medical and other health care services employ more than 310,000 weekend worker...



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Ransomware throws hospitals into chaos

A ‘cyber weapon’ built by American spies was used in a global ransomware attack that disrupted British hospitals. Thousands of patients across England and Scotland had operations cancelled and hospitals were forced to divert ambulances when an in...