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 […]

Still doing nothing for patient safety, Mr Maguire

Nurses and midwives have delivered a scathing rebuke to state Member for Wagga Wagga, Daryl Maguire, over comments he made following a tour of Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. Last week, members of the local NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Wagga Wagga Branch raised genuine understaffing, workload and skill mix concerns across multiple wards and […]

Wagga Wagga nurses and midwives fed up with broken public system

Nurses and midwives gathered in their own time outside Wagga Wagga Base Hospital this afternoon (Wednesday 11 April) to highlight the pressures they are under, as a result of understaffing, increased workloads and poor skill mix issues across the facility. As part of a statewide push for more a transparent nurse-to-patient Ratio rostering system, members […]

Carnell Report: All talk, no action on safe staffing levels

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) is disappointed that the Carnell Report acknowledges that inadequate staffing levels are compromising the care being provided to elderly nursing home residents, yet fails to deliver any real workforce solutions to fix the crisis in aged care. ANMF Assistant Federal Secretary Annie Butler said although the Report includes some useful recommendations […]

Nurses and midwives ask Dubbo MP for support

Dubbo nurses and midwives are continuing their campaign for improved nurse-to-patient ratios throughout Dubbo Base Hospital, meeting yesterday with local MP, Troy Grant, to hand over more than 10,000 petition signatures from rural and regional areas. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Dubbo Base Hospital Branch have been calling on the state […]

Hospital upgrades promised while calls for better staffing ignored

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has expressed disappointment in the NSW Government for failing to expand nurse-to-patient ratios in today’s state budget. Acting General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Judith Kiejda, said with a $4.5 billion budget surplus, the NSW Government was being irresponsible for not addressing workload issues currently plaguing public hospitals. “When […]

Mental health review must address skill mix concerns

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed reports the NSW Government has commissioned an independent review into seclusion, restraint and observations in the state’s mental health system. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said it was vital the review panel took a close look at staffing skill mixes and overall staffing levels […]

Staffing must be addressed in South East Regional Hospital review

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is cautiously optimistic a review into South East Regional Hospital will resolve ongoing workload issues and staffing shortages plaguing the Bega facility. Since the new hospital opened last March, NSWNMA members have repeatedly called on Southern NSW Local Health District to address their concerns which have been compounded […]

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 […]

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