EDs in desperate need of urgent intervention

There are growing safety concerns inside public hospital emergency departments (ED), with patients seeking acute medical care forced to spend record amounts of time in clogged waiting rooms. According the Bureau of Health Information, one in 10 patients who were treated and admitted to hospital during July to September spent more than 22 hours in the […]

Staffing woes prompt fears of further nurse attacks

Nurses fear they will continue to bear the brunt of violence and aggression at work until the NSW government addresses severe staffing shortfalls inside Shoalhaven Hospital. Earlier this month, a senior nurse was allegedly stabbed by a female patient who had spent the night in a crowded emergency department awaiting transfer for further care. NSW […]

ED nurses ‘stretched beyond limits’ in John Hunter Hospital

Excessive overtime and unsafe staffing inside John Hunter Hospital’s emergency department (ED) has prompted grave concerns for patient safety as the busy summer holiday period begins. Today, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members and supporters gathered outside the hospital to raise community awareness of the staffing issues, after Hunter New England Local Health District […]

Bankstown-Lidcombe ED nurses under rising pressure

Fed up with widespread staffing issues, nurses and midwives will gather in their own time outside Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital’s emergency department tomorrow and highlight their concerns to local residents. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Bansktown-Lidcombe Branch believe increased patient presentations and a lack of nursing support is putting both patient safety and […]

John Hunter Hospital ED nurses win extra staffing

Emergency department nurses at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital have negotiated five additional full-time equivalent positions for resuscitation and triage, after threatening to take industrial action over ongoing staffing issues at the major regional referral hospital. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) John Hunter Hospital branch worked with nursing management to gain more […]

Tamworth Hospital staffing disputes conclude in IRC

Two long running staffing disputes impacting the maternity unit and emergency department at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital concluded in Industrial Relations Commission of NSW (IRC) today. Hunter New England Local Health District (HNE LHD) sought to withdraw both its disputes against the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), after outlining to the IRC a number […]

Smoke and mirrors hamper important Tamworth meeting

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signalled its profound disappointment, after a meeting to discuss critical staffing concerns at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital failed to achieve any long term solutions. Local nurses, midwives, the Tamworth Hospital Branch secretary and senior staff met with Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, Hunter New England Local Health District […]

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