Ratios rollout: Safer conditions for staff and patients

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed a boost to staffing numbers, with the imminent introduction of nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW public hospitals. Shift by shift ratios will begin in the emergency departments (EDs) at Royal North Shore and Liverpool hospitals in the coming weeks. Around 70 additional full time equivalent (FTE) nurses […]

Nurses and midwives deserve more in 2024

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) will pursue a 15% pay rise and improvements in conditions to repair the depleted nursing and midwifery workforce in the state’s public hospitals. The NSWNMA is calling on the state government to invest in nurses and midwives in order to rebuild the public sector workforce after years of […]

Alleviating pressures in EDs with staffing ratios

Emergency departments (ED) are continuing to see extremely high volumes of patients seeking acute medical care, highlighting how great the need is for nurse-to-patient ratios across NSW. According to the Bureau of Health Information (BHI) report, one in 10 patients who were treated and admitted to hospital during the October to December quarter in 2023 […]

Nurses and midwives achieve historic ratios reform

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has secured the first phase of significant workforce reforms in the state’s public health system, after negotiating with the government-appointed Safe Staffing Levels Taskforce. For the first time, NSW will have minimum and enforceable shift by shift nurse-to-patient ratios implemented in specific clinical areas of public hospitals, which […]

Aged care nurses elated on eve of momentous reform

As thousands of aged care nurses prepare for their shifts across NSW, a widespread sense of triumph and relief will envelop them this weekend when a significant milestone is reached. The legal requirement for residential aged care facilities to have at least one registered nurse on duty, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, […]

Private nurses and midwives reject ‘paltry’ pay offer

Hundreds of nurses and midwives at two major Sydney private hospitals have voted down a new enterprise agreement with employer St Vincent’s Health Australia (SVHA), after labelling it ‘disrespectful’ and ‘beyond disappointing’. For more than six months, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members at St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst and North Sydney’s Mater […]

Report shows urgent need for ED staffing ratios

Improving staffing levels in emergency departments (EDs) and rebuilding the public health system must remain key priorities for the NSW government as hospital activity continues to surge. According to the Bureau of Health Information (BHI), staff experienced the busiest ever January to March quarter, with 770,089 patients attending ED for treatment. A record high number were critically […]

NSWNMA to work with NSW government on ratios implementation

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the NSW government to establish a Safe Staffing Working Group as an historic step towards implementing nurse-to-patient ratios in NSW public hospitals. The working group will see NSWNMA representatives working alongside NSW Health officials to plan the rollout of a shift by shift staffing […]

Rebuilding of broken health system starts now

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has signalled NSW Labor’s state election result as a victory for supporters of nurses and midwives. NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said the outcome would deliver renewed optimism amongst nurses and midwives, particularly those who had been reconsidering their professional careers. “Thanks to the efforts of our members, […]

Private sector nurses walk out in Wollongong

Nurses at Wollongong Day Surgery will stop work for four hours today (Wednesday 22 March), following a breakdown in talks over safe staffing ratios and fair pay with their employer. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) successfully applied to the Fair Work Commission last month for a protected action ballot after bargaining stalled on […]

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