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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Consultation about significant changes

Question: I am a registered nurse and work in a very busy ED of a NSW public hospital. The ED director has indicated that they are going to change our start and finishing times and wants to change the skills mix of current staffing. Can they do this?...



Notice of roster at a Healthscope hospital

Question: I work in a hospital operated by Healthscope. What are the requirements regarding the posting of a roster? Answer: Clause 8 of the Healthscope – NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses and Midwives’ – Enterprise Agreement 2015-2019 sets out that a...



Time in lieu instead of overtime

Question: Recently I completed an overtime shift and my NUM indicated that if I liked, I could have time off in lieu instead of being paid overtime. Is this correct? Answer: Clause 25(iv) of the Public Health System Nurses and Midwives’ (State) Awa...



Break between rostered shifts

Question: I have just started working at a nursing home operated by Bupa Care Services. Can you let me know what the break between rostered shifts is supposed to be? Answer: Under Clause 22 of the Bupa Care Services, NSWNMA, ANMF (NSW Branch) and HSU...



Multiple assignments

Question: I work in a public hospital as an enrolled nurse. I work in two different locations that are quite independent of each other. This has been described to me as having multiple assignments. My hours add up to full time so not sure how this th...



Initial review of complaint

Question: I work in a public hospital as an Enrolled Nurse. Recently I was put through a fact-finding process that involved an issue that seemed pretty trivial. Shouldn’t these be weeded out first and dealt with differently? Answer: Yes, under PD20...



S8 drug disposal in aged care

Question: I work in residential aged care and the policy on S8 drug disposal has changed and Registered Nurses are being asked to do this with a community pharmacist rather than the Director of Nursing.  Is this right? Answer: The NSW Poisons and Th...



When sick leave runs out

Question: I am a Registered Nurse working in a public hospital. I recently had a stint of sick leave that exhausted my paid entitlement. The hospital then put me onto sick leave without pay. What other options do I have? Answer: If you exhaust your p...



Medication records in aged care

Question: I am an Assistant in Nursing working in a residential aged care facility. Is it OK for me to countersign medication with the Registered Nurse? Answer: Yes, there is no law in NSW that requires countersigning to be done by a second Registere...



Scope of practice

Question: I am an Enrolled Nurse and I am constantly being told I must work within my scope of practice. Can you explain how this is determined and who is responsible for doing this? Answer: Scope of practice is best defined as  the boundaries that ...