Cumberland nurses raise patient safety fears over light rail corridor

Genuine fears for mental health patients at risk of walking in front of a passing tram is among the concerns raised by nursing staff at Cumberland Hospital, the largest acute mental health campus in Western Sydney, about to be cut in half by a new light rail corridor. Fed up with vague consultations regarding the […]

Albury nurses raise concerns following removal of CCTV cameras

Patient and staff safety inside Albury Base Hospital’s mental health unit could be put at risk, following the removal of CCTV cameras within a locked high dependency unit. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Nolan House branch have highlighted concerns with Albury Wodonga Health and are now considering their industrial options after […]

Mental Health receives long-awaited ratios attention

Tears of gratitude have filled the eyes of experienced mental health nurses today, following NSW Labor’s announcement it would introduce nursing ratios into 37 adult acute inpatient mental health units across the state, if elected to government on 23 March. Recognising the significance of dedicated mental health nursing ratios, Brett Holmes, General Secretary of the […]

Mental health staffing needs attention now

Nurses and midwives have pleaded with NSW Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies, to urgently address systemic staffing and skill mix issues within the state’s mental health system and called for new safety and monitoring technology to be implemented. Addressing the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 72nd Annual Conference at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion […]

Unregulated staff proposed for mental health ICU

UPDATE: This morning, the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) made a recommendation for the NSWNMA to cease the stop work action planned for 11am and for the Northern Sydney LHD to cease any form of implementation of the introduction of AiNs into the Mental Health Intensive Care Unit of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital until further proceedings […]

Albury work bans start

NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) members at the Albury community mental health service have today started work bans on the following administrative work in an attempt to get the Murrumbidgee Local Health District to fully replace all nurses on annual leave: • attending non-clinical meetings such as staff meetings; • typing minutes for any […]

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