Thursday 18th December 2008
DADHC finally recognises EENs’ extra skills and qualifications.
EENs working under the Nurses State Award in the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) are set to receive up to 5.2% extra pay in recognition of their skill levels and qualifications.
All DADHC EENs should have received their increase from October this year, backdated to 1 July 2007.
NSWNA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda said this is an excellent win that recognises the extra skills and effort EENs have put in to get these qualifications.
DADHC had previously been struggling to recruit and retain EENs who had been expected to perform higher duties with no remuneration for the increased responsibility.
Though the new rates of pay still lag slightly behind the public hospital award rate, it was widely welcomed by DADHC EENs.
Lynne Lucas has been nursing with DADHC for 17 years and was one of the first ENs to attain her medication endorsement in 2006.
‘This recognition and pay rise was a long time coming but we’re very happy with the result,’ she told The Lamp.
‘I’ve been nursing since I was 18 (and I’m now pushing 52!) and I’ve got to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the professional challenge [of upskilling] but it was extremely frustrating to not be acknowledged for so long.
‘We kept expecting [DADHC] to amend the award but they never did – that is until we lodged a claim through the Union. Prior to that I don’t think they intended to do anything about it!’
Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda said it was not only a good outcome for EENs, but also a good outcome for DADHC.
‘This is a great step forward for health care within DADHC facilities. For some time now EENs have been voting with their feet by leaving so this will definitely enhance the department’s ability to retain EENs and improve the skill mix,’ she said.