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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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Changes to ‘Working with Children’ checks

Question: I am a Registered Nurse in a public hospital. Recently I read about the working with children check changes in The Lamp. I have just received a letter from the District saying I need … Read More

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Rosters in aged care

Question: I am an Assistant in Nursing and work part time in an aged care facility. Recently we were told our rosters were to be changed and as a result they would not be able … Read More

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Career breaks in the Public Health System

Question: I work full time as a Registered Nurse at a public hospital. Recently somebody mentioned to me that the award has a career break scheme where I can work four years and get the … Read More

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Political stickers on LHD cars

Question: As part of my employment in the public health system, I frequently drive a LHD vehicle. Recently we have been reminded not to place stickers on vehicles – presumably this was with one eye … Read More

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Consultation about workforce changes

Question: I am employed in a public hospital and a proposal has been put forward to establish a new Nursing Unit Manager position, while altering another. We have been told that this request will need … Read More

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Staff shortages and their impact on rosters

Question: I am an Enrolled Nurse and work full time in a public hospital. Recently our rosters have become subject to last minute changes because of shortages we have in the unit. Can this be … Read More

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Calculating long service leave in the private sector

Question: I work in the private sector and have been trying to work out if my Long Service Leave balance is accurate. My enterprise agreement refers to the Long Service Leave Act. My employer has … Read More

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Overflows from EDs

Question: Are public hospital Emergency Department Short Stay Units supposed to be used as general overflow areas if other areas in the Emergency Department become full? Answer: No. The relevant policy directive (Emergency Department Short … Read More

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Job transfers due to pregnancy

Question: I am employed in the public sector on a permanent part-time basis and am experiencing difficulties with my pregnancy. My GP advises that I cannot continue to work in my current role. What are … Read More

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