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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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Excessive annual leave no excuse

Question: I have worked in the public hospital system for some decades. Recently I applied for long service leave (LSL) but was knocked back because other nurses in the ward had excessive annual leave and … Read More

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Conduct review cannot be avoided

Question: I am an RN working in a public hospital. I have been asked to attend a fact-finding interview to discuss certain allegations about my conduct. While I don’t believe I did anything wrong, I … Read More

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Support for additional study?

Question: I work in a hospital operated by Ramsay Health Care and am undertaking some additional study. Do I have any right to be supported? Answer: Clause 6.8 of the Ramsay Health Australia and NSWNMA/ANMF … Read More

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Options other than being deleted

Question: I am a nurse manager and a proposed restructure is likely to lead to my position being deleted. I don’t want a redundancy and I want to keep working in the public health system. … Read More

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Domestic violence leave

Question: I am a registered nurse in a public hospital and need to attend court on a domestic violence matter. Is there leave for this? Answer: Under clause 11 of the Public Health System Nurses’ … Read More

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Do ADOs move with me?

Question: I work in a public hospital and have successfully applied for a position in another LHD. I noticed that my leave entitlements have been transferred but not my ADOs. Is this correct? Answer: Clause … Read More

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Leave to attend ceremonial business

Question: I am an RN working in a rural area under the Nurses Award 2010. Occasionally I attend traditional Aboriginal ceremonies: what are my rights to be released from work to attend these? Answer: Clause … Read More

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Careful use of work mobile

Question: I am an RN in a public hospital and have been provided a work mobile device that can access the internet. I was told that I should not use it “inappropriately”. What does that … Read More

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Recognising prior service

Question: I recently started work at a UnitingCare aged care facility. I did not produce documents about my prior service in other aged care facilities at the time, and now I want to know how … Read More

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