Editorial – Brett Holmes

Every month The Lamp carries an editorial by Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the NSWNMA.


Maintaining and broadening our appeal – September 2008

Engagement with young people and with the wider community is essential if unions are to prosper and remain relevant. One of the biggest challenges facing our profession – and it can be seen as a … Read More

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Praise won’t pay the bills – August 2008

With a pay rise won in the Public Health System, the NSWNA now turns to private hospitals. Pay parity and recognition for skills and education will be top priorities. A comprehensive survey of our members … Read More

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We will continue to fight for more – July 2008

As The Lamp goes to print members have voted to accept the Iemma Government’s offer of a 7.95% pay increase over two years for public health system nurses and midwives. Finally, the Government came up … Read More

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Don’t take nurses for granted, Mr Iemma – June 2008

The Rudd Government has kept its election promise and ploughed much needed funds into public health. It’s now up to the Iemma Government to meet its responsibilities and act to keep nurses in the system. … Read More

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Stressed nurses equals stressed health – May 2008

Nurses, midwives, doctors and the community all share the same concerns about our public health system. Wake up, Mr Iemma, and deal with these serious problems. In this issue of The Lamp we report on … Read More

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New Chief Nurse a step forward for nursing – April 2008

Chief Nurse gives nurses a presence at the heart of government The Rudd Government has announced the creation of the position of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, fulfilling one of its election commitments. Clearly this … Read More

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Seize the moment and save our system – March 2008

Two critical processes are now in play which will open a rare window of opportunity for the Iemma government to solve the recurrent crises in our public hospitals. Firstly, the Special Commission of Inquiry will … Read More

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Good start by govt but challenges prevail – February 2008

The new Federal Government has made a promising start dealing with the massive problems plaguing our public health system but the greatest challenge – keeping nurses and midwives in the system – remains in front … Read More

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Nurses left to pick up the slack – December 2007

Research reveals nurses are left to pick up the slack across a system that has reached a critical point. This month The Lamp reports on two comprehensive research projects that shine a light on the … Read More

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