Ratios: It’s a life saver – ad campaign

Nurses and midwives are ramping up their campaign for nurse/midwife-to-patient ratios and will launch a TV advertisement across metropolitan and regional New South Wales today, warning voters of the side effects from chronic understaffing in public hospitals. Following four historic statewide strikes last year, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) is now targeting state […]

Private sector nurses and midwives to continue ratios fight

“Exhausted”, “struggling to cope”, “let down”, “dangerous” and “overwhelmed” is how nurses have described working conditions at the prestigious St Vincent’s Private Hospital in Darlinghurst and Mater Private Hospital in North Sydney. For the second time since December, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) walked off the job at St Vincent’s Private […]

Nurses close Coffs Harbour beds over patient safety

Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) Coffs Harbour Hospital branch have taken the unprecedented step of closing beds on a medical ward inside the local hospital due to severe understaffing. Citing serious patient safety and workload issues on Medical B ward, NSWNMA members escalated short staffing concerns to Mid North Coast Local […]

Nurses and midwives are angry and hurting without ratios

Thousands of nurses and midwives walked off the job for 24-hours today, the fourth statewide strike this year, desperate to have their voices heard by the NSW government and for widespread staffing concerns to be urgently addressed. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members from metropolitan and regional public hospitals chanted as they marched up […]

Midwives demand safe staffing ratios in maternity

Midwives from three NSW public hospitals took action this afternoon to highlight widespread staff shortages, unreasonable workloads, and the desperate need for safe staffing ratios of midwives to women and their babies. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members echoed calls for the NSW government to overhaul its maternity staffing system and address the risks […]

Blacktown nurses and midwives stage staffing walk out

Nurses and midwives at Blacktown Hospital walked out in their own time at the conclusion of morning shift, over ongoing concerns for patient safety and a lack of safe staffing levels across the Western Sydney facility. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members highlighted widespread staffing and skill mix issues impacting patient care, along […]

NSW edges closer to public hospital staffing overhaul

Improvements to patient safety and better working conditions for NSW nurses and midwives are a step closer, following today’s announcement by NSW Labor to overhaul minimum staffing across the public health system. NSW Opposition Leader Chris Minns confirmed a Labor government would scrap the current outdated rostering system and replace it with an enforceable, minimum […]

Ratios: It’s a Life Saver

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) campaign for safe staffing has stepped up with a new television commercial and a website relaunch, asking community members to help convince the NSW government to introduce nurse-to-patient ratios. Titled ‘Ratios – It’s a Life Saver’, the powerful TV commercial depicts an exhausted nurse preparing a hospital bed following […]

Emergency department walk outs show need for ratios

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has urged the NSW government to overhaul the current nursing and midwifery staffing system, as new figures show tens of thousands of frustrated patients have left emergency departments without receiving or completing treatment. New Bureau of Health Information (BHI) data shows 76,117 patients walked out of public hospital […]

Government ignores evidence-based solutions for regional health workforce

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fears nursing and midwifery staff, patients and services will remain at risk, following the NSW government’s lackluster response to an inquiry into rural, regional and remote health. NSWNMA General Secretary, Shaye Candish, said the NSW government response to nursing and midwifery workforce-related recommendations either referenced previous state budget […]

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