Orange bus carries message to community

The NSWNA painted the town of Wagga Wagga orange in support of Anne Woodward.

The Unions NSW Your Rights at Work bright orange bus made a big impact driving around the town and later parked at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital as a backdrop for a BBQ lunch where nurses and members of the public heard Anne’s story of her dismissal and the NSWNA fightback.

NSWNA representatives also stood outside busy shopping centres and spoke to shoppers about Anne’s treatment.
The overwhelming public feeling was that Anne, and nurses in general, should not be penalised for standing up for improved patient care.

Vox pops:

  • Kathleen Gaudron, RN and After Hours Nursing Coordinator, Calvary Hospital: ‘I came today because I’m passionate about the rights of nurses in the workplace. I believe nurses are obliged to question procedure if they think it will improve the delivery of quality patient care. This case has serious implications for all nurses and their ability to speak out.’
  • Jan Oke and Judy Beasley, RED nurses working at Kapooka Army Base. Judy said: ‘We are here because it is unfair that Anne was dismissed with no right of reply and no opportunity to defend herself, all because she was trying to improve patient care.’
  • Ambulance officers Alanna McIlwan and Steve Trood. Steve said: ‘Ambulance Officers are extremely disappointed by the way Anne has been treated considering she raised important issues about improving procedures.’
  • Paramedic Brett Campbell: ‘I’m here because Anne has been advocating for patient’s rights. It is a problem when employers don’t want managers to be leaders in the workplace – they want them to be subordinates and ask no questions.’