Ask Judith

Judith Kiejda

When it comes to your rights and entitlements at work, NSWNMA Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda has the answers.

NSWNMA members can submit questions to gensec@nswnma.asn.au or in the form below.

Past questions and answers can be read below – your question might already have been answered.

If your query is urgent, contact your branch officials or the Information team at NSWNMA.

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Day worker and public holiday

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. I am a day worker and normally have a public holiday off on pay when it falls on one of my ordinary working days. This year, however, I was required to work on one of them. How should I ...



Working on my ADO

Question: I work in a public hospital and my NUM has asked in advance that I cancel my ADO and work instead. Must I cancel my ADO if given sufficient notice? Answer: Under Clause 4(vi) ~ Hours of Work ~ of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwi...



SCR record created

Question: I am an enrolled nurse working in a public hospital. Recently I received a letter setting out allegations regarding my conduct. It also said that a Service Check Register record had been created. Isn’t that prejudging me? Answer: Under PD...



Additional or replacement public holidays

Question: Over the recent Christmas/New Year  period, my employer advised that the  extra public holidays were replacing those falling on a Sunday and were not additional. Is this right? Answer: No, both 27 December 2016 and  2 January 2017 were a...



Allegations that lack detail

Question: I am a registered nurse in a public hospital. I have been asked to respond to certain allegations about my conduct that, if proven, could be a breach of the code of conduct. However, the allegations provided are general and lack specifics. ...



Discussing workload issues

Question: I recently commenced work as a registered nurse in a nursing home operated by RSL Lifecare. At a recent staff meeting, mention was made of workload issues being a standing agenda item. I have not come across this before and was wondering ho...



What is a TIRA?

Question: I am an Enrolled Nurse working in a Public Hospital and have heard colleagues speaking about a roster arrangement called a “TIRA”. What is this? Answer: TIRA is an acronym for Temporary Individual Roster Adjustment. A TIRA is generally ...



When do uniform and laundry allowances increase?

Question: I am an assistant in nursing in a public hospital and some of our allowances went up with the July 2016 pay increase, but not uniform and laundry. Shouldn’t they all go up at the same time? Answer: The uniform and laundry allowances, alon...



Conversion to permanent at UnitingCare

Question: I work as a casual assistant in nursing in a nursing home operated by UnitingCare. While I am happy there and get plenty of shifts, can I become permanent to lock my hours in? Answer: Clause 16 of the UnitingCare Aged Care Residential &...



New approach to managing performance

Question: I am a nurse manager working in a metropolitan LHD. I was recently advised that an amended approach is to be adopted when managing employee performance. Is that correct? Answer: PD2016_040 (Managing for Performance) was recently released by...