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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Available entitlements when caring for a family member

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. My mother will require extensive support because of illness. Beyond FACS leave, what other leave entitlements do I have? Answer: Clause 32B of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midw...



Pathways for a CNS at a Healthscope hospital

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a hospital operated by Healthscope. I am interested in progressing to a Clinical Nurse Specialist position. Is there an approved pathway? Answer: Clause 5 of the Healthscope – NSWNMA/ANMF – NSW Nurses ...



What is a “home base”?

Question: I have commenced work at a nursing home operated by Estia Health. When starting I was told that the home I work from will be my ‘home base’. What does that mean? Answer: Under Clause 13 of the Estia Health NSW Enterprise Agreement 2016 ...



The correct process after a patient complaint

Question: I work in a public hospital as an enrolled nurse. Recently my supervisor spoke me to about a complaint received from a patient’s relative. Not thinking much of it, I participated in the discussion and thought that was the end of it. Howev...



Floods prevent attendance at work

Question: I am a registered nurse working in a public hospital. Recently I was affected by flooding that would have prevented me from getting to work if I had been rostered. I believe the hospital was very good to those who couldn’t get to work but...



Next pay increase at Ramsay hospital

Question: I work in a hospital operated by Ramsay. When is the next pay increase due? Answer: The next pay increase (on this occasion 2.5%) in the Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Limited, and NSW Nurses & Midwives’ Association/ANMF Enterprise ...



Notice of roster and breaks at Uniting

Question: I work at an aged care facility operated by Uniting. I am permanent part-time. How much notice should I be provided of my roster? Also, what are my rights to a meal break? Answer: Clause 26.1 of the Uniting Care Aged Care Residential & ...



Pay for on call during a meal break

Question: I work at a nursing home operated by Opal. As part of the working arrangements, I am required to remain available for duty during my meal break. What should I be paid for this? Answer: Under Clause 30.1 of the Opal Aged Care (NSW) Enterpris...



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...