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A student Enrolled Nurse sent us this message about the severe limitations of casual on-call rostering. I'm an EN student and currently working as a PCA in an aged care facility (actually with a facility as on-call casual and also...
An aged care Assistant in Nursing writes: I have just read Belinda's story, Not enough nurses in the nursing home. Wow. It seems this problem is everywhere. But I am gobsmacked to hear there are four members of staff...
Kathy, a final year nursing student, worked as an AIN (assistant in nursing) to make ends meet. But she discovered that she was treated very differently when she worked for an agency compared to working for public health. Her...
Nurse Uncut usually looks at age care through nurses' eyes. Today, Jewel describes her experience as a daughter whose mother spent 12 years in a nursing home. Tell us about your own experiences in comments. My mother was assessed by...
Are you a new graduate who worked as an AiN during your studies? Registered nurse Maricris Algoso, a PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney, is conducting a study on the significance of undergraduate AIN employment in the aged...
Stop press: We have had at least a temporary win in the issue of  keeping a Registered Nurse on duty 24/7 in a nursing home, which Debbie Lang wrote about on Nurse Uncut last month. (There are approx 885...
Did you see the recent Grattan Institute report which recommends that registered nurses take over screening for bowel cancer and administering low grade anaesthetics in order to save public hospitals $430 million a year. Under the plan up to 17,000...
In last Wednesday night's election debate, Coalition leader Tony Abbott said the money currently earmarked for improved wages for aged care workers should be put back into the general pool of aged care funding. "$1.6 billion of aged care funding was...

Mistreatment in aged care

Many of you may have seen the ABC Lateline story two weeks ago with its terrible accounts of abuses and failures in aged care. The Lateline themes are exactly what the Quality Aged Care Action Group (QACAG) has been raising...
There's a lot of interest in the new aged care compact - understandably, given that it applies to all aged care nurses in Australia, including AINs. Below is a video interview with the Minister for Ageing Mark Butler as he...

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