The wife – herself a nurse - of a paramedic killed during a helicopter rescue has spoken out on the need for people in her husband’s job to get easier access to income protection and life insurance. A report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau was released last week into the death of special rescue paramedic Mick Wilson near Wollongong in December 2011.
Kellie Wilson, a nurse at Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead, also spoke at the International Day of Mourning in late April - the day to mark those who have died as a result of a workplace incident or occupational disease. At his funeral she had said, “It is no surprise to me that Michael courageously died laying his body on the line for his patients … He was a true hero in every sense of the word to the very end.”
Kellie Wilson RN speaking at the International Day of Mourning.
It’s time for every nurse and midwife working in Australia, no matter in which field, to take the Australian Nurses & Midwives Workplace Survey 2013.
The survey is being jointly conducted by Monash University and the Australian Nursing Federation and covers contemporary employment and workplace issues facing nurses and midwives.
Please take the time to complete the survey. Your responses are confidential. Your participation is highly valued as it provides essential information to assist in the retention of nurses and midwives in the healthcare sector.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
This is a guest post by historian Janet Butler about her recently published book, ‘Kitty’s War’, which is about Australian WW1 nurse Kitty McNaughton. Janet is an Honorary Associate in the History Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Nurse Uncut has two copies of her book to give away – read on…
Kitty McNaughton and I grew up in the same quiet district of drystone walls and wheat fields, bluestone schools and meandering creeks near the You Yang ranges in Victoria, though we were generations apart. I found Kit’s name and that of her cousin Sadie McIntosh on our local Memorial Gates. The nurses were out of alphabetical order and under the names of the soldiers who were themselves the grandfathers of my school friends.
As I stood before the monument that day, the idea of this unknown woman setting out on a journey which would take her away from the familiarity of neighbourhood and family, across the world and into war took hold of me and would not let me go.
Kit (centre) at No. 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford 1918 (courtesy Therese Ryan)
All of those who went to war with Kit McNaughton are gone now. Each succeeding generation of Australians is captured by them and has their own questions. Why did they go? What did their going mean for us, as a nation?
The casting directors for a new Channel 10 tv program have contacted Nurse Uncut looking for women – and men – to take part in the first ever Australian series of The Bachelor – which is in its 17th huge season in the US.
The Australian version is being produced by Shine Australia, the producers responsible for The Voice, Masterchef and many other titles, while the casting directors have cast for Masterchef, Grand Designs Australia and countless other factual, reality and documentary programs. So if you were interested in taking part, you’d be in the hands of professionals.
The Federal Government is conducting a review of their Paid Parental Leave Scheme and inviting submissions up until May 31. Read on for details.
Everyone knows that nursing is an ageing workforce – and a predominantly female workforce. Though the percentage of male nurses and midwives is crawling up year-on-year, it still sits at only 9.9 percent (up from 9.6 percent in 2007).
The age profile of nurses and midwives has shifted towards older age groups in the past decade. The average age is now 44.5 years, up from 43.7 in 2007.
What’s also significant is the big hole in the middle of the demographic, in the 30-34 year olds.