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  1. Today I was chatting to a female friend of mine. She was still weary from a night roster just completed. She told me she had to stay back later than normal till 9.30 am to be fitted out in her new uniform. She also told me this would be another bill she would have to pay for, including the signage on the uniform. I was shocked so I made a few inquiries with the Union (ANF Melbourne) and was told yes it was a part of the EBA.

    So I did a quick calculation and it cost her 2.5 hrs of O/T plus the cost of the uniform and signage just under $128 total, about $190 total. I would say that was a profitable day’s work (not).

    I rang a few places where I have (all male) friends working that are also dressed in uniforms and safety gear and none of them pay a cent.

    Why is the nursing industry so far behind the eightball? I thought the days of uniform supply disputes was over 30 years ago.

  2. I work for Shellharbour Private Hospital and we have to pay for our own uniforms at a cost of $305, we never ever get off night shift on time, as they expect night shift to have every patient’s observations done and to have every patient out of bed and sitting in the chair ready for breakfast at 7,30 am.
    So as a RN I need to start my pill round early so I can help the EEN get the patients up. As there is only 2 staff on night shift.
    We very rarly get our rosters on time, we can’t make plans or apptments as we may get our roster the day before they start. I am at the point where I’m so over nursing.

  3. Say hello to those who still remember me Laureen (you must have got my night shift job after they got rid of me!)
    I hope the Association has helped reduce at least some of the issues at that workplace.

  4. Royal Commission into Mental Health
    In the local Manly newspaper on Saturday 16 March there was a person wanting patients to pass on their experience in two specifically named and other Mental Health services from the NSW Health Department.
    Do staff who work in these hospitals need to be concerned about this advertising?
    Should one seek legal advice from the Association?
    I have not been informed by the management team that the team are under or to expect such an investigation.
    Is this ethical behavior by the local Manly paper to advertise in this manner? How do current staff protect their reputation by the publication of this advertisement? How should members respond? What is the response of the Association to their members?

  5. I am a midwife in NSW and object to NSW Health changing our uniform colour! I want to keep my purple scrubs and looking at the new scrub uniforms I’m sure they will be unsuitable for my barrel shaped body!
    I plan to boycott NSW Health’s new uniform allocation by not ordering and continuing to wear the 6 pairs of purple scrubs until they fall off my back!

    Keep calm and wear purple!

  6. Any NSWN&MA members interested in riding as a team in Sydney To Wollongong (MSGONG) bike race on Sunday November 3rd?

  7. Just want to say thanks for the lovely surprise I received in the mail today.I am sure that I will have many hours of happy viewing watching The Librarians.

  8. I just wanted to ask if there were any forums out there for nurses with back injuries.
    My experience is a little unusual as I was on a career break raising my family when I injured my back. However the injury was secondary to the accumulated damage incurred during my nursing career. I was hoping to return to nursing but now fear that will not be possible. I specialised in Paediatrics and although there was a definite change from lifting to moving and handling, our patients weren’t afforded the provision of hoists etc. Yet a fit sporty teen boy can be very very heavy esp if incapacitated. I worked for almost twenty years in Paediatrics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, NICU, ED and PICU. I would like to caution others to take care of their backs to avoid issues later on. I am only 42 and will now have to find an entirely new career. A daunting prospect indeed.

  9. Dear NSWNMA
    Thank you for your recent article on Aunt Bessie, truly a great Australian nurse.
    At 15 my grandmother Thelma Pinkerton (nee Ward) said to me “Nursing? – it’s a proud and noble service”.
    Thelma was one of Bessie’s nieces and a competent country NSW nurse before her marriage in the 1930s.
    Thelma’s daughter Joy Cahill (nee Pinkerton), my mother, served as a proud RAANC Reservist in the 1950s. Joy enjoyed her training and the camaraderie of ‘the girls’, in particular, her friends from the Nelson Bay Returned Service Women’s Association until her death in August last year.
    Joy was very proud of my sister Robyn Cavanagh (nee Cahill), Sutherland Hospital Caringbah.
    I kept my maiden name, Jenny Cahill, Teaching Hospitals NSW University, Rozelle Hospital and Sydney University 1992 and now I am proud as a nurse and mother and congratulate my son, Benedict Cahill Cutler, Sydney University 2013 ready to commence his Graduate Nurse program. Ben has recently resigned from his position as Student Organiser for NSWNMA, a valuable experience.
    Aunt Bessie’s legacy lives on and I do believe nursing will long be a proud family tradition.

  10. Why can’t university students who have completed 2nd year not be awarded an EEN classification? I think it is ridiculous. Why can’t an exam and practical skills exam be developed so at the end of the year you can be assessed and if you satisfy the requirements, be allowed to work under that classification. It would mean a whole lot of very competent new grads after year 3. My university has a compulsory prac of 11 weeks a year. We are one of the most job-ready graduates of any university in Australia. Is it an imposed red tape so universities and TAFE don’t step on each other’s toes? I want to be a great nurse. Patients and hospitals would benefit greatly from university graduates who had built confident and knowledgeable practice working as EENs prior to graduating. It just seems wrong. Can anybody shed some light as to why?

  11. Hi all, I was a microbiologist in pathology for 10 years. This week my partner (a nurse in aged care) told me the facility where she works has introduced a policy whereby they are required to dry patients after toileting with a hair dryer. This includes patients in slings. Is this common? Surely this will result in the nurses faces (and the rest of them) receiving blasts of warm air carrying faecal coliforms (and other potentially dangerous pathogens). Are there guidelines for such activities?
    Many thanks, Dave

    • If your partner is a union member, she sould contact them to discuss this – we have not heard of it as a taught care practice and would like to know if it is a newly recommended approach and by whom, and on what evidence. It does warrant assessing if there are infection control issues, but also, we are concerned about the potential to burn very sensitive skin with heated air and also the significant issue of whether this is respectful / ethical care – for many older people this might not be experienced as so.

  12. I am a Canadian RN wanting to know if anyone has experience dealing with being registered in another country and trying to get employment in Australia. I have gone on the Australian government and Nursing websites and frankly by what I have seen the process seems complex and very time consuming. Has anyone been employed by a company that will help deal with all of the government visa requirements and nursing registration requirements for an RN presently registered in Canada? Ideally I would like to work in an industrial setting such as a mine. Are there employment opportunities (possible due to nursing shortages) in this area? Any feedback received would be greatly appreciated. Thank you 🙂

  13. hi, I’m Nikki, an international student at UTS. I’m studying foundation of nursing. I need to find a nurse in New South Wales to do a survey: 10 questions about their job. My difficult is I do not know anyone here. Can you help me to do my survey? I promise this survey does not include your personal information. Thank for your helping.
    If you are interested in this, please send your answers to my email.

    1. Can you tell me some basic information about your work?
    2. What is your motivation to be a nurse?
    3. What is the most challenging nursing that you got through to be at your position now?
    4. How did you overcome the challenges?
    5. Is there a moment or story you would like to share about your job?
    6. In your career, what are you most proud of?
    7. How can you balance your work, leisure time and family?
    8. What are you willing to sacrifice for your job?
    9. What do you wish your patients knew about you?
    10. Do you have any advice for University students who are studying nursing and going to be a nurse in the future? If so what is it?

  14. Community Midwife | Western Australia | 13 Week Contract

    The Sugarman Group are currently seeking an experienced Community Midwife for a 13 week contract in Western Australia
    What’s On Offer:
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    •Start ASAP
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    Community work
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    •2 hour flight from Perth

    To be considered for this role you must have :
    •Full APHRA registration
    •Extensive proven experience in Midwifery and Nursing
    •Work experience preferably in Australia, New Zealand, UK or Ireland
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    •Current Working with Children’s Check and Criminal History Check.

  15. Hello there,
    I am a registered nurse in India and hold a Bachelor’s degree. All I want to know is what course should I select to study in Australia and become a registered nurse of Australia. Should I go for a Masters degree in Nursing or I will have to do Bachelor’s again to become a registered nurse or there is some alternative too?

    Thanks in advance.

  16. Hey everyone:) I’m a nursing student from Victoria. I have a really basic question which may seem silly but I am new to this career change and would love some advice. First of all I am aware Enrolled Nursing (which I am studying) involves a lot of progress notes, care planning. My first question was, when do ENs write progress notes… Is it as soon as they leave one patient’s room, at the end of the day or when they find the time? I wasn’t sure if this was a silly question so didn’t want to bring it up in class 🙂 Thanks in advance nurses!

    • Hi,

      EENs are no different from RNs in that respect. Everyone does it differently and it will depend on where you are working.
      Remember, if you didn’t write it down, it didn’t happen.

      I write important things down as I go along in the notes, for example if I’ve had to call a dr to r/v the pt or something has happened like a fall/code blue or inserting an IVC or IDC. Most of the time though I write my notes after they’ve had lunch on a morning shift, after they’ve had dinner on an evening shift and just after morning obs on a night shift.

      You will learn what is right for you.

      Never be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question!

      • Has anyone recently read the proposed changes to salary packaging? The changes were outlined by the Abbott government in the recent federal budget. The intended changes are to commence in April 2016 – these are to salary packaging for public and not-for-profit employees and affect the meals and entertainment and accommodation entitlement offered by public and not-for profit-organisations. I have attached with this entry the changes.

        As a nurse working in Victoria most of my career I cannot believe these changes are occurring. These benefits in place make up for the poor hourly rate we are paid here = 40 years of nursing and $40 an hour.

        I think as do many of my colleagues that we need to stand united and have our respective ANMF reps and the ANMF work for us to overturn this change which is tantamount to an erosion of our hard earned dollar. We should all contact the ANMF and lodge our objections and lobby the ANMF to act on our behalf.

        Federal Budget Update

        Dear Kim, Last night, the Abbott coalition government released their annual budget which included changes to the Meal Entertainment and Holiday Accommodation benefits.

        Effective 1 April 2016, these benefits will be capped at $2,550 per FBT year (i.e. a $5,000 grossed up cap divided by the type 2 gross-up rate of 1.9608). This will be a combined cap – that is, expenditure on either benefit will count towards the single cap. These benefits will also become ‘reportable’ from that date. Depending on your circumstances, this could affect your obligations (see here for ATO guidelines on reportable benefits.

  17. Hi nurses, I am an RN 1 working in a medical centre. I would like to do some agency work! No agency likes to take on nurses without acute experience. However, I found one and they have accepted me but now I’m too scared to go… Am I putting my registration at a very high risk? Am I able to get help when unsure from others? Or I am expected to know it all? Does anyone remember their first ever shift? Can anyone advise me?
    I really wanna get into a hospital environment 🙁

  18. I just want to know about whether to join ANMF or APNA as I am a going to be a practice nurse and was curious if anyone knows any benefits or downsides to either.

    • Nell, the ANMF is a union which protests nurses’ rights at work – pay, conditions etc. APNA is more of a professional organisation. You might want to join both!

    • Nell, both are great. I just want to inform you that if you are willing to move to a hospital setting later on, the practice nurse experience will not get you anywhere. Unless you are keen to stay at community! Just saying.

  19. Firstly, let me say that I am a mature aged EEN who has been registered since July 2015. Prior to becoming an EEN, I worked for this private hospital for over 8 months as an AIN.
    Disturbingly, I have found that as a matured aged EEN, I started on the ward with no orientation, no buddy shift, no formal introduction and no supervision, I was just given a patient load and left to my own devices.
    What I found strange was that the female EENs (all younger) were each given 4 full 8-hour supernumerary buddy shifts and nurtured by the other female nurses. Where I was given nothing and am still struggling to perform at the same level as the younger EENs. All the female EENs work 4 to 5 days a week whereas I get less than 2 days a week. Since that time 2 of those young EENs have been given full time employment.
    It is a female dominated field.
    Should mature aged students be advised they might come up against such discriminatory behaviour?
    Or am I just unlucky to find such an environment?

  20. My experience of Aged Care: My mother entered a facility in 2011. On Mother’s Day 2014 she was admitted to a hospital due to seizures she had been having for a week, unbeknownst to me. My mother was transferred to another home 6 weeks later. In the 20 months she was there she lost over 23 kilos which the home consistently denied. Fell out out of bed, lay on the floor for hours. Had a bedsore on her heel that was debrided to the bone and died as a result 17 days later. Also had mrsa on a sacrum wound. Despite my protestations for over 12 months. Appalling. Horrific. I’ll be taking a pill before I ever go into a ‘facility’.

  21. I am an EEN with a current AHPRA registration. I have been working overseas as an EEN for two years and am planning to return to Australia in January 2017.

    I checked with a couple of nursing agencies and they are requesting for Australian RN referees whom I have worked with during the past two years. Since I have been abroad for the past 2 years I don’t have a way of providing Australian referees for the past two years.

    Would someone be able to advise me on how to go about securing an EEN job on my return?

    Admin: Roshi we have posted this question on our Facebook page – take a look to see if there are any replies:

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