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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Change to transfer laws a worry?

Question: At a recent branch meeting it was mentioned that the Ministry is trying to change the law about transfers within the NSW Health Service. Should we be concerned? Answer: The Ministry is proposing changes to the Health Services Act regarding ...



Are there ratios in aged care?

Question: I am an AiN working in the aged care sector and am finding workloads in our facility becoming increasingly difficult due to inadequate staffing levels. Are there any ratios in the aged care sector? Answer: Currently there are no mandated st...



Compulsory to wear family name?

Question: I am an RN working in a NSW public hospital emergency department and am concerned that displaying my full name on my badge may present a safety risk. Is it compulsory for my family name to be on the name badge? Answer: In short, no. The rel...



Leave refusal must be in writing

Question: I am an AiN working in aged care, covered by the Nurses Award 2010. I took unpaid maternity leave for 12 months with my first child then, three months prior to the conclusion, I requested (in writing) a second 12-month period of unpaid mate...



On-call is not overtime

Question: I am an RN working in a public hospital in radiology. I work Monday to Friday as do most staff members in my unit except for a few part-time staff who work weekends. We are also required to be on-call for after-hour emergencies. Recently, s...



Single days off not allowed

Question: I am an RN working 12-hour shifts in a public hospital. Three times in the current roster I have been rostered three shifts on, one day off, three shifts on. Is this allowed? Answer: No. Where 12-hour rosters are in place, nurses should not...



Ask us for professional help

Question: I am an injured worker on workers’ compensation. What can I do if I disagree with the outcome of a work capacity assessment? Answer: There are processes in place to enable injured workers to have decisions about their work capacity assess...