5,000 nurses & midwives lacks nurse-to-patient ratios certainty

On the back of another budget surplus, and projected surpluses over four years, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has reiterated calls for the NSW Government to introduce a transparent, statewide nurse-to-patient ratios system. NSWNMA General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said while the government’s $10 billion hospital infrastructure upgrades outlined in the 2019-20 budget were […]

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 […]

Critical midwifery shortage at Wollongong Hospital prompts community campaign

Wollongong Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has today called for urgent intervention by the NSW Minister for Health to help resolve serious understaffing issues hampering maternity services at Wollongong Hospital. During a community morning tea to raise awareness of the region’s critical midwifery shortage, NSWNMA members outlined the length of […]

Staffing issues at Blacktown Hospital escalate

The nurse staffing shortfall at Blacktown Hospital has reached dangerous levels, with staff working almost 1500 hours of overtime in the past three weeks across 16 wards, including surgical, maternity, respiratory and cardiac. Nurses and midwives from the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) Blacktown Hospital Branch met to discuss serious concerns around their ability […]

Industrial ban rolled out at John Hunter Hospital

Nurses and midwives are pushing ahead with an industrial ban on follow-up phone calls to patients discharged from John Hunter Hospital, following an extraordinary meeting to discuss ongoing safe staffing concerns. This afternoon, almost 100 members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) John Hunter Hospital Branch voted unanimously to continue deferring the follow-up […]

Griffith Base Hospital desperate for a staffing boost

Six days out from the Murray by-election, the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called on Murrumbidgee Local Health District to address serious nursing staff issues at Griffith Base Hospital. Members of the NSWNMA’s Griffith Base Hospital Branch highlighted concerns to hospital management and have pleaded for all outstanding job vacancies to be filled […]

Unsafe overtime at Gilgandra threatens patient safety

Nurses at Gilgandra Multi Purpose Service (MPS) have been working an average 138 hours of overtime a month since May, resulting in unsafe conditions in the Emergency Department and acute ward. Despite numerous attempts by the Gilgandra NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) branch to resolve the issue with management, there are still two full […]

Kyogle nurses take action against staffing cuts

Nurses believe the level of patient care delivered at Kyogle Memorial Multi Purpose Service (MPS) will be under threat from next week, when the Local Health District (LHD) cuts four hours of nursing care per day. Instead of maintaining the Assistant in Nursing (AiN) hours, a Health & Security Assistant (HSA), whose current main duties […]

Nurses and management at Wagga Hospital reach agreement

Management at Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) has closed eight of the 16 surge beds at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital over the weekend as a result of ongoing concerns about unsafe staffing from excessive overtime. In an agreement between MLHD and members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) Wagga Wagga Rural Referral […]

NSW Health Minister confirms more privatisations and deserts our elderly

NSW Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, confirmed there would be more privatisations of hospitals, claimed there was no evidence nursing home residents were better off with a registered nurse and conceded more funding was needed for public services at today’s NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 71st Annual Conference in Sydney. During question time, nurses […]

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