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 […]

ED nurses ‘stretched beyond limits’ in John Hunter Hospital

Excessive overtime and unsafe staffing inside John Hunter Hospital’s emergency department (ED) has prompted grave concerns for patient safety as the busy summer holiday period begins. Today, NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members and supporters gathered outside the hospital to raise community awareness of the staffing issues, after Hunter New England Local Health District […]

Central Coast nurses and midwives rally against ‘unprecedented’ low staffing levels

Fed up with unreasonable workloads and management delays, Central Coast nurses and midwives will hold rallies this week to voice their frustrations and demand immediate action to resolve dangerous staffing levels at 2 hospitals. Nurses and midwives from Wyong Hospital will take action TODAY followed by another rally at Gosford Hospital on Wednesday. Both Gosford […]

ED staff demand Premier fix Westmead Hospital issues

An open letter has been sent to the NSW Premier and the Health Minister calling for urgent action to address what clinicians have described as ‘chronic understaffing’ and ‘access block’ inside Westmead Hospital’s emergency department (ED). Signed by over 200 emergency department nurses, registrars, senior medical officers, administration, orderlies and security guards, the open letter […]

Nurses and midwives plead caution ahead of NSW reopening

Nurses and midwives have described being ‘on tenterhooks’ about staffing shortages in Northern NSW public hospitals, while the state focuses on reopening after 15 weeks in lockdown. NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) members have urged local communities to exercise caution from next Monday, worried any spike in COVID-19 hospitalisations could overwhelm the health system […]

The inconvenient truth about nurse shortages

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association proudly represents over 73,000 nurses and midwives across the state. As frontline workers, our members have been shouldering the burden of the pandemic, working their guts out to hold the health system together. Many have gathered the courage to come forward publicly and speak about their experiences, bringing attention […]

Nurses and midwives strike over staffing at seven sites

Hundreds of nurses and midwives across six hospitals and a mental health centre took industrial action today, voting to stop work or close beds. Members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) expressed their frustration at the NSW government’s refusal to improve staffing by implementing shift-by-shift ratios. Stop work actions are currently underway at […]

Hundreds of nursing care hours lost across the Illawarra

Analysis of hospital data has revealed patients in Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District missed out on hundreds of nursing care hours, due to widespread under-staffing in the region’s public hospitals. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has uncovered 1,622 hours of care were withheld from patients across multiple wards and units at Wollongong, Shellharbour, […]

Staffing concerns widespread at Port Macquarie Base Hospital

Battling excessive workloads and chronic understaffing across multiple wards and theatres, members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) fear patient safety is being compromised at Port Macquarie Base Hospital. Mid North Coast Local Health District will open extra beds inside a new ward from tomorrow (9 November) to accommodate increased activity, as elective […]

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 […]

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