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Public Sector Updates – North

Launceston General Hospital (LGH)

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

On Friday 7 July 2023, the ANMF met with members in the ICU to discuss workload issues. Members reported persistent requirements to work overtime and double shifts to cover baseline rosters, difficulties with diluted skill mix, limited time to complete mandatory training and delayed access to annual leave. As a result, members have endorsed the ANMF to raise a Nursing Hours per Patient Day (NHpPD) Step 1 Workload Grievance on their behalf. The ANMF is now waiting on the response from the Tasmanian Health Service (THS).

Ward 6D

On Friday 7 July 2023, the ANMF met with Ward 6D members to discuss workload issues. Members reported persistent requirements to work overtime and double shifts to cover baseline rosters, diluted skill mix, missed meal breaks and patient specials causing workloads. As a result, members have endorsed the ANMF to raise a NHpPD Step 1 Workload Grievance on their behalf. The ANMF is now waiting on the response from the THS. Further updates to follow.

Emergency Department (ED)

On Monday 10 July 2023, ANMF met with ED members to discuss workload issues. Members reported persistent requirements to work overtime and double shifts to cover baseline rosters, diluted skill mix particularly in regards triage capable nurses, persistent bed/access block, overcrowding and no access to after-hours Pathology and Xray which is compounding access block. As a result, members have endorsed the ANMF to raise a NHpPD Step 1 Workload Grievance on their behalf. The ANMF is now waiting on the response from the THS.

Ward 5D

On Monday 10 July 2023, the ANMF met with Ward 5D members to discuss workload issues. Members reported persistent requirements to work overtime and double shifts to cover baseline rosters, diluted skill mix, increased acuity, booked admissions being delayed due to ED bed flow priority (note members are happy to support ED and flow but this also impacts on 5D workloads ). As a result, members have endorsed the ANMF to raise a NHpPD Step 1 Workload Grievance on their behalf. The ANMF is now waiting on the response from the THS. Further member updates to follow.

Ward 3R

On Tuesday 11 July 2023, the ANMF met with Ward 3R members to discuss workload issues. Members reported persistent requirements to work overtime and double shifts to cover baseline rosters, diluted skill mix, increased acuity, night shift (ND) staffing levels. As a result, members have endorsed the ANMF to raise a NHpPD Step 1 Workload Grievance on their behalf. The ANMF is now waiting on the response from the THS. Further updates to follow.

Updates correct as at 26 July 2023.
Authorised by Emily Shepherd, ANMF Tasmanian Branch Secretary

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