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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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 ...



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. ...