Strength in numbers

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association is a branch of the federal nursing and midwifery union, which has now become one of the largest unions in Australia.

The Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has grown to almost 233,000 members, cementing its place as one of the largest and most influential unions in the country.

The milestone was marked with a cake when state and territory secretaries met in Melbourne in March.

ANMF Federal Secretary Lee Thomas prepares to cut the cake in celebration with the ANMF Executive – from left: Brett Holmes of NSW, Trish Fowler Western Australia, (front) Jenny Miragaya ACT, Sally-Anne Jones ANMF Vice-President, Lee Thomas, Coral Levett ANMF President, (back) Beth Mohle Queensland, (front) Lisa Fitzpatrick Victoria and Shirel Romoa Northern Territory.

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The scream – Finn’s new grad diary 2

Here is the  second instalment of Finn Blackburn’s new grad diary for Nurse Uncut. Throughout 2014, Finn will record the ins and outs, ups and downs of her first year as a Registered Nurse. Today, Finn reports from the ward for the first time.

I am deteriorating.

I have never in my life endured so much stress, abuse and chaos. And the baptism into body fluids — oh my, it’s is the thirstiest work I’ve ever encountered.

I mentioned in my last blog that my mother is a nurse. I was talking to her nursing friends about how badly my new grad experience was going and they could not stop laughing. I was absolutely mortified. But all they could say through tears of laughter was ‘aww darl, it gets better, we’ve all been there — gee, you’ve made my day!’

Is my zero job satisfaction normal at the moment? Or am I a bad nurse?

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Nurses make films too!

To help members get into gear for the NSWNMA 2015 NSWNMA Nurses and Midwives Short Film Festival, NIDA recently ran a special creative workshop for nurses and midwives.

Today we have two short films for you - a film in which Ciara, Caroline, Meg and Chris discuss their very positive experience of the workshop and another witty little film which they made during the workshop – Blind Date. You’ll be impressed by their talents!

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Special new art for the NSWNMA

Last year’s NSWNMA Christmas event was special – it saw the official launch of the wonderful artworks commissioned by the Association from the Boom Gate Gallery, which works with artists who are inmates at Long Bay Correctional Centre. Dancers from the Jannawi Dance Clan made the event even more special.

Brett Holmes spoke on the night about how the art commission came about, while Jan Birmingham of the Boom Gate Gallery officially opened the paintings in the NSWNMA auditorium.

Brett Holmes: When the Association moved to this building [late 2010] we made a decision to honour the traditional owners, past and present, of the land on which this building sits, by giving our meeting rooms Aboriginal names.

We have called this auditorium the Gadigal Room. This room is where many large meetings are held – over 200 delegates representing workplaces from across NSW meet here every two months to discuss matters of concern to nurses and midwives.

The Jannawi Dance Clan help to celebrate the paintings in the Gadigal Auditorium.

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The minefield of Zoe’s Law

Coral Levett, President of both the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association, was the keynote speaker on Zoe’s Law at Sydney’s recent International Women’s Day March. Coral’s speech will also appear in the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal.

International Women’s Day is normally a day for celebration. It is an opportunity to celebrate our differences and the many gains women have made throughout history. Sadly, celebrations for the women in NSW (and ultimately elsewhere) were marred by recent events in the NSW Parliament.

Zoe’s Law Bill (No 2) was introduced to the Parliament by Liberal MP Chris Spence. It proposes to allow charges of grievous bodily harm to be brought against someone who hurts a foetus of more than 20 weeks or 400 grams. A similar Bill was promulgated by Reverend Fred Nile (Christian Democrat in the NSW Legislative Council) at the time of the incident but did not proceed through a lack of support.

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