Editorial – Brett Holmes

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

There’s no substitute for a qualified nurse – July 2009

NSW Health is exploring ways of introducing more third level health workers into our public hospital system. We need to be on our guard. The most recent annual Roy Morgan professions survey showed nurses are … Read More

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Nurses hit the big screen – June 2009

The NSWNA celebrated International Nurses’ Day this year by making sure nurses’ stories were seen and heard by a wider audience. The NSWNA celebrated International Nurses’ Day in blockbuster style this year with the inaugural … Read More

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NSWNA welcomes stronger clinical leadership role – May 2009

  The NSWNA welcomes the State Government’s decision to beef up the clinical leadership role of Nursing and Midwifery Unit Managers. The NSW Government has responded positively to the Garling Report recommendation to bolster the … Read More

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Managing health reform – April 2009

Nurses and midwives must actively participate in the health reform debate to identify and seize opportunities as they arise. These are challenging times for nurses and midwives. At the Federal level, we are digesting the … Read More

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Quality care for older Australians – March 2009

  We’re going to put aged care in a positive light On 17 March the Australian Nursing Federation will launch a national campaign (see page 12), in which the NSWNA will play a major role, … Read More

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The bold and the cynical – February 2009

Private hospital employers Healthe and Healthscope have signed up to good agreements with their employees but Ramsay continues to stall – a tactic that smacks of cynicism. Besides delivering good pay rises and a raft … Read More

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Our campaigns are paying off for nurses – December 2008

Our achievements in all health sectors during 2008 show the value of being a member of the NSWNA. Another year draws to a close at the NSWNA and it is a good time to reflect … Read More

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Paid maternity leave break through – November 2008

Partnerships with like-minded groups pay off, with paid maternity leave firmly on the political agenda. Australian unions have been fighting hard for many years for more family-friendly workplaces. Now there has been a significant breakthrough … Read More

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Private hospital pay will improve – with pressure – October 2008

Improvements in pay and conditions won in the public health system will not automatically flow through to nurses in private hospitals. Improvements will not come without pressure. Our private hospitals pay campaign has stepped up … Read More

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