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NSWNMA members can submit questions to gensec@nswnma.asn.au. 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.

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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Can I convert to permanent employment?

Question: I am an EN and work casually at a regional public hospital. I have worked regular shifts at the hospital for about 18 months. Someone mentioned to me recently that I should convert to … Read More

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Rights at Healthshare

Question: I am a RN working in non emergency patient transport services at a public hospital. We have just been told we are going to be transferred to HealthShare. Although I would like to keep … Read More

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Obligations with workplace change

Question: I am an EN working in an aged care facility. The manager has informed us that we will need to cut back on hours and change start/finish times of shifts. Can these changes just … Read More

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Reviewing a job outcome

Question: I work full time as a RN at a public hospital. Recently I applied for a position but was unsuccessful. Can I challenge the outcome? Answer: The relevant policy directive (Recruitment and Selection of … Read More

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