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ANMF attended UTAS O Week at Newnham (North) and Hobart Domain (South) campuses and were excited to meet so many student nurses beginning their Bachelor of Nursing. Many students took the opportunity to sign up for free student membership with the ANMF where they learnt of the great benefits of being an ANMF member as a student and upon graduation and commencement of Nursing. ANMF wish all students the very best for their undergraduate degree.
ANMF Media Release: What a disgrace – Some providers spending just $6 a day for nursing home residents’ food.
Media Release: 12 February 2018. The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its disgust at the findings of a new study showing some nursing home providers are spending a measly $6.08 a day for three meals a day per resident. The alarming research, published in the Nutrition and Dietetic journal, also found that half of aged care residents suffer from malnutrition, with nursing home providers cutting spending on food by 30 cents per resident last year. A/Federal Secretary, Annie Butler said today: “The quality and amount of food that vulnerable, elderly nursing home residents are being served is…
The Code of conduct for nurses (2017) and Code of conduct for midwives (2017) take effect on 1 March 2018. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) regularly reviews the regulatory frameworks, standards, codes and guidelines to ensure public safety. The Codes of conduct for nurses and midwives set out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for nurses in all practice settings, including direct clinical care or non-clinical practice. Nurses and midwives are governed by separate codes, although they have much in common. The main features of the new Code of conduct for nurses and Code of…
ANMF will be holding a mass membership meeting on Friday 23 February at 1400-1500 hours in the Keith Milligan Lecture theatre at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) to consult with members regarding the Enterprise Agreement (EA) and endorsement of the Log of Claims. We encourage all members to attend the meeting to ensure that they have their say in regards to the Log of Claims and the direction they wish to see ANMF take in the upcoming Public Sector negotiations.
Members in the Assessment and Planning Unit (APU) at the Royal Hobart Hospital are continuing to work with management in regard to the opening of the Access and Flow Ward 2 (AFW2), and the expectation for APU staff to work in the AFW2. ANMF has attended meetings with members and management about the issues that have been raised by staff, and are reassured by management that a change management process is going to be undertaken regarding the governance and staffing of the AFW2. ANMF will continue to touch base with members regarding their concerns.
ANMF met with members in the Post Anaesthetic Recovery Unit (PARU) at the Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) to discuss the implementation of the Assistant Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) into recovery and the expectation of the team leader in the PARU after-hours. Concerns were raised by members about the removal of the in-charge allowance, while the expectations of the team leader in recovery after-hours remain the same. Members in the PARU have requested that status quo is maintained until further consultation is undertaken. ANMF will continue to work with members to address these concerns.
The ANMF raised concerns regarding hospital parking on behalf of our members working at the Launceston General Hospital (LGH) and surrounding buildings who are having to walk extensive distances, extremely late at night to get to their cars, at the Northern Union Consultative Meeting. The ANMF noted that it is a significant Work Health and Safety concern, and urged the Tasmanian Health Service to be proactive and ensure the safety of our members by providing adequate parking or alternatives for our members and the community visiting their friends and family at the hospital. In addition, the ANMF noted the inconvenience…
The ANMF have conducted numerous members' meetings across the hospital to consult with members regarding the Public-Sector Enterprise Agreement (EA). These meetings have been a great opportunity to engage with our members and provide them with the platform to raise any industrial concerns. The ANMF is currently advocating for our members on a number of workload and industrial issues within the hospital.
The ANMF raised the concerns of our members working in the Acute Mental Health Services in the North, formally with the Clinical Executive Director of Statewide Mental Health Services. We are currently waiting for a response to our correspondence. Upon receipt of this, we will return to members for further direction. Please click here for the Newsflash raising issues on behalf of our members in Mental Health Services Statewide at the Mental Health Services Consultative meeting.
Last week ANMF held meetings with members from individual wards at the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH); Emergency Department, Theatre and Medical. Members have provided feedback on the key themes to come out of the first 2018 Public Sector Enterprise Agreement (EA) member survey. ANMF will be continuing member consultations at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) this week. A ‘Log of Claim’ meeting is scheduled for the North West on Thursday 1 March at 1430.
The ANMF held a members' meeting at May Shaw Scottsdale on Monday 12 February 2018, the meeting was to discuss with members the current Enterprise Agreement (EA). It was an excellent opportunity to consult with our members regarding their wages and working conditions.
ANMF met with members at Southern Cross Care (SCC) Yaraandoo last week to discuss management's revised Enterprise Agreement (EA) offer. Members noted with concern the low wage offer. Whilst conceding the final offer from SCC, (which included back pay of the 2017 increase to 1 April) was an improvement to the offer that was voted down in October of 2017, it was not an offer that supported and valued the important work nurses and carers do in aged care looking after our elderly citizens. Members at Yaraandoo will be supporting the broader ANMF campaign ‘Make Ratios for Aged Care’ law now.…
ANMF met with members at ACSAG Sandhill and Riverside Views last week to commence consultation for a replacement Enterprise Agreement (EA). The current agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2018. In conjunction with the face-to-face meetings, members will have also received an emailed copy of an electronic survey to complete. ANMF will be scheduling further face-to-face meetings with members in the next 3 weeks, details of these meetings are to follow.
Currently, there has not been a response from Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) following member meetings across the state where the consensus from staff are in agreeance for the current offer from SCCT to go to ballot. Staff are waiting on a date from SCCT for this to commence.
ANMF attended a members’ meeting on 31 January to discuss response from the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) about concerns and questions raised by members. Members who have opted to become Monday – Friday shift workers have accepted the offer of three months’ salary maintenance.
Members met on 24 January 2018 to consider the Director of Nursing (DON) and Assistant Director of Nursing’s (ADON) responses to issues raised including monitoring workload; the impact of waiting lists and appointment of project officer to address systems issues. Members acknowledge that there has been some improvement in staffing due to successful recruitment. Other concerns, e.g. support systems, work health and safety, administrative support and entitlements, require further action. ANMF will continue to work with Workplace Representatives and senior managers towards successful resolution of the remaining issues.
ANMF will be holding member meetings in the coming two weeks in Acute Rehab Unit, Neonatal and Paediatrics Intensive Care Unit (NPICU), Ambulatory Care Centre and Maternity Unit to discuss the upcoming Public Sector Nurses and Midwives (Tasmanian State Service) Enterprise Agreement 2018. ANMF encourages all members to attend to ensure that they have their say in regards to the upcoming Enterprise Agreement. If you are not able to attend, please do not hesitate to contact the ANMF Southern Organiser, Tristan Streefland, with any questions or concerns. This post was published on 7 February 2018.
ANMF is continuing to touch base with members in the Assessment and Planning Unit (APU) regarding the expectation of staff to work in the Assess and Flow Ward 2 (AFW2). ANMF members met with management to discuss their concerns, which has resulted in a comprehensive exclusion and admission criteria, along with reassurance that if there is not adequate staffing or skill mix as determined by the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) or the flow-coordinator after hours, the APU will not send staff to the AFW2. ANMF are encouraging members to raise their concerns with their NUM as they arise. Members are…
On 10 January 2018 ANMF met with members to discuss managements response about workload concerns raised in late 2017. ANMF have subsequently met with Deloraine District Hospital (DDH) management and the concerns raised by members will be discussed at next weeks inaugural meeting of the District Hospitals Safe Staffing Working Group. Please click here to view Newsflash
Southern Cross Care Tasmania (SCCT) staff from the south of the state travelled to Launceston on Thursday 25th January to support their fellow colleagues at a rally held at Glenara Lakes Home for the Aged. The rally was in conjunction with staff requesting a fair pay rise and back pay in the ongoing negotiations for their Enterprise Agreement. As a result of this ongoing industrial action, we are pleased to present SCCT's revised offer. Please see the latest offer here.