This is a guest post by Peter Kwong RN. Peter was recently an intern with NSWNMA in the Union Summer program. He was going to write for Nurse Uncut about his experience as a union intern but the bigger...
People who work in healthcare are the most susceptible to workplace burnout. Whether you're a nurse, carer, or midwife, working in hospitals or aged care, you face the same things. Long shifts, taking care of patient after patient, dealing...
With a number of public holidays in April, nurses and midwives asked us to clarify what they're entitled to. David from the Member Industrial Services Team at the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association has kindly collated this information to...

Men in nursing – the forum

The Men in Nursing forum held at NSWNMA yesterday was a resounding success, with over 40 men in attendance for a full schedule of presentations with lively audience interaction. Here are some highlights: Tom Schrader, final year nursing student at...
We know that most nurses and midwives will work night shifts at some stage in their careers. Here's our best tips for helping you get to sleep during the day Avoid light before going to bed Light tells your body that...
The workplace relations agenda of the federal Liberal government has become clear with the start of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into “all aspects” of working conditions. Penalty rates are under attack and aged care nurses are particularly vulnerable. Why?...
The constant justification of low pay used by aged care providers needs to be scrutinised. Providers are attempting to shift the ownership of low wage increases to the federal government, stating “aged care funding cuts” as the reason why...
NSW maternity units are in crisis, with many facing mass shortages of midwifery staff, which is potentially putting babies and mothers at risk.

Are you both an EN and RN?

Occasionally an Enrolled Nurse trains to become a Registered Nurse but holds on to their original EN registration - perhaps because, in some rural areas, having concurrent registration maximises your employment prospects. Since the introduction of the National Law in 2010,...
Pain is uncomfortable for everyone, and is usually a sign of something more serious that needs to be dealt with – like another condition or a more serious injury. Pain can be especially challenging for older people as they may...