Nurses and midwives’ fight for ratios rolls on

Hundreds of nurses and midwives have called on the NSW government to take responsibility for the understaffing crisis currently hampering the public health system and voted to continue the fight for nurse-to-patient ratios. During the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) 77th Annual Conference in Sydney, delegates and members described the widespread risks and chaos […]

INSULTING: Nurses and midwives react to latest pay offer

Public health sector nurses and midwives across the state are expressing their anger and disgust over a 1.04%* pay increase offered by the NSW government for 2021-22. NSW Ministry of Health made the pay offer to the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) after just one meeting, rejecting any improvements to the Public Health System […]

Rural health boost needed across NSW

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has backed calls for a public inquiry into the inequities of rural and regional health services and urged the Berejiklian Government to fast-track the allocation of extra nurses and midwives across the state. Following revelations of adverse patient outcomes on Nine’s 60 Minutes overnight, NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett […]

NSW emergency departments busier than ever

Presentations to emergency departments in the state’s public hospitals hit an all-time high during the recent winter period, vindicating calls by the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) for urgent extra nursing staff to meet growing demand. According to the latest Bureau of Health Information (BHI) quarterly report, emergency presentations rose across all 15 Local […]

Wyong ED nurses facing burnout and fatigue

A community campaign to highlight serious staffing concerns inside Wyong Hospital’s emergency department is continuing, with a second lunchtime rally to be held today, Monday 18 November. Despite months raising concerns with Central Coast Local Health District, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Wyong Hospital branch are still seeking three extra nurses […]

Tenterfield nurses take to streets over staff cuts

Nurses will gather in their own time this Friday to raise community awareness about unsafe staffing concerns at Tenterfield Hospital and call for the NSW Health Minister to intervene. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fear current staffing levels are putting patient safety at risk and will be exacerbated when the hospital’s […]

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 […]

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