Keiran Dalton of the NSWNMA will be speaking this Saturday at a public meeting that was also to have been addressed by Bahraini surgeon Dr Ghassan Dhaif. Dr Dhaif has been denied entry to Australia by the federal Government, despite the fact that federal MPs condemned the ongoing crackdown on Bahrain’s mass protest movement in a Parliamentary debate only a week ago.
The public meeting, however, will still go ahead and here Keiran provides some background information.
In 2013, Bahraini nurses are still in gaol for tending wounded protesters in the Arab Spring demonstrations in Bahrain in February 2011.
These nurses are: Secretary-General of the Bahraini Nursing Society, Ibrahim al Demistani, Nurse Assistant, Haleema Al Sabagh, and Emergency Department Nurse, Hassan Matooq.
In March 2011, Bahraini security forces stormed Salmaniya Hospital, where many of the wounded of the ‘Arab Spring’ were being treated. Ninety-five healthworkers were arrested, tortured and incarcerated. International efforts have secured the release of many but seven remain in gaol, including until recently Dr Dhaif .
ED nurse Hassan Matooq.
Gloria Vlcek is another unemployed new grad in NSW. Other states in Australia had serious rates of new grad unemployment in 2012 – has it now spread to NSW?
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This is Gloria’s story – she says that finding employment is the biggest hurdle for nursing’s new graduates.
Like many young people coming to the end of high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, or rather, I had too many ideas and aspirations and couldn’t settle on just one. I always had a very keen interest in health and medicine, but knew I wouldn’t have the grades to pursue a career as a doctor. I ended up putting my degree preferences in for nursing - I thought it would be a good choice for me and if I didn’t like it, I could always change. Well, once I started my nursing course I loved it and there would be no chance of seeing myself doing anything else now.
Gloria at work – not as a nurse.
Today’s short film was second runner up in the 2013 NSWNMA Nurses and Midwives Short Film Festival. ‘Echoes’ was directed by Daniel Akinshola and submitted by student nurse Asobede Dawodu of the Australian Catholic University – Asobede appears in the final moments of the film – as a nurse!
‘Echoes’ is poetic and haunting – it might take you a minute to catch onto what’s happenning in this film, but as it goes deeper you will be drawn in and feel as if it speaks directly to you. It was filmed in Halls Creek in the beautiful Kimberley district.
Asobede Dawodu at the film festival.
Today we have two more accounts by community nurses, working in family health in rural towns, of the pressures they’re under every day at work. [See Too much work, not enough time - community nurses speak on May 28.]
If you’re a community nurse in NSW, please give us your feedback about your practice environment in our quick online survey – it’s easy to take it here. (We know you’re drowning under paper (or computer) work but the survey’s really important to our campaign to achieve minimum ratios in community nursing.) Please share the survey link with colleagues: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TK8TN9G. It closes this Sunday.
And as a bonus, we have six copies of the new Australian book ‘Bush Nurses’ (Penguin/Michael Joseph) to give away. Read on to find out how to enter.
* I am a fulltime Child and Family Health nurse. Our service has 1.5 fulltime equivalents. I recently had six weeks sick leave and during that time was replaced on only seven days. This is an account of my first two days back at work.
Last Friday nurses and midwives right across the state visited their local MP’s office to let them know how we feel about the state Government’s flat rejection of our claim for improved and extended ratios (not to mention that they want to push down a wage rise to 2.25 percent).
Over 40 MP offices saw a NSWNMA delegation turn up – but very few MPs were actually there to listen to their constituents’ concerns. One thousand members and supporters turned out in the middle of a working day to express their views – yet more than one MP has dismissed this as a stunt and Kiama MP Gareth Ward has said that those who turned up to his office “are not the hard-working nurses you see in our public hospitals, they are simply union activists“. Doesn’t he realise that working so hard in understaffed environments is what makes nurses become passionate activists?!
Take a look at our Flickr collection of photos of the hard-working nurses and midwives who are also union activists who visited their politicians last week. Some highlights are below.
Bathurst nurses responded to their MP’s invitation to come and have ‘a cup of tea and an iced vo-vo’ by bringing their own vo-vo but insisting that actually they want a 1:4 ratio.