Insufficient hospital security puts nurses at risk

In the news this week has been a stream of updates on our work to ensure the safety of Nurses against the increasing number of violent attacks being seen in QLD hospitals.    We are concerned about the safety of staff at Princess Alexandra Hospital following managements decision to end the security contract.

See the reports on 7 News, 9 News and 10 News below.

 

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Emergency Nurses seek a stop to ramping in QLD Hospitals

NPAQ speaks out in in the media about members grave concerns for the safety of patients and the increase in violence in QLD hospital emergency Departments due to the practice of ramping. 

Both Channel 7 and Sky News covered NPAQ's exposure of the practice and the health ministers promises.

This rapid off load of patients in emergency departments means over crowding and patients being left in corridors unattended for extended periods. 

 

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QLD Hospital Crises Uncovered

Government figures don’t give us full story on hospitals

The Editor, The Courier-Mail January 11, 2019 6:13am

Budget papers show the annual wages bill that Queenslanders pay for has ballooned by more than $4 billion over the past three financial years, well in excess of inflation.

However, it has always been difficult to draw a connection between the additional cost of the public sector and the extra services provided to Queenslanders because of the paucity of credible data produced by the Government.

Coincidence? We think not.

While the Government is spending our money on wages at record rates, there no way to accurately assess what is actually being delivered.

 

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Stranded Patients Spark Legal Action

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Welcome Declan, new Branch Secretary at The Wesley Hospital

 

Declan, NPAQ Branch Secretary  

Great news for our members at The Wesley Hospital.

Declan Curtin has been appointed in the voluntary role of Branch Secretary.

He is passionate about patient safety and quality care. Therefore this role is a great add-on to his existing educator roles enabling him to provide more resources, training and support to do just that.

With 30 years nursing experience, largely in emergency he worked in many London and South East England locations before working his way through Saudi Arabia and South Africa to eventually settle in Brisbane 16 years ago. His other specialties are dialysis and high dependency oncology.

Declan is currently the perioperative facilitator and has also held the student facilitator position for the past 5 years. He believes he can really make a difference preparing undergrads and graduates for the real world.

Nursing is more than a job, it is a way of life. Declan’s wife is a midwife and they have 4 children. If that doesn’t keep him running enough he is also the Run Director of local parkrun and is training to complete both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast marathons next year.

Contact Declan for guidance on what to do regarding a workplace matter or if you know someone who wants to know more about us before joining.

Email: declan.curtin@npaq.com.au

 

 

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Say what they will - the truth is on our side

We have certainly become a thorn in the side to the QNMU and the Labor Government they support. Because they charge twice as much as is necessary, a big proportion of QNMU membership fees end up assisting the Labor Party. And because we don't give any of your money to any political party, we are often accused of being a front for the LNP. What rubbish!. At the state level, we have seen no evidence that the LNP have the slightest clue about how to run a health system any better than the Labor Party. That is a low bar by any standard. At the Federal level, we have had an equally clueless LNP government who have just sat back and let the traditional nurse unions, such as QNMU, continue to undermine both the private health insurance system and the private hospital business cost structure. The State LNP is not ready for government and the Federal LNP probably never were. They both need to learn what is important before we invite either of them into government again. 

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The Townsville Hospital – Bullying & Security

Most of you would have seen the recent media stories about our Townsville Hospital Branch Secretary Kirsten McAllister. Here is what happened in a nutshell.

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There's an App for that! Record My Hours

Record my hours for nurses

Electronic equipment is part of our lives with apps to assist us do everything, well we believe this app is invaluable for any of our members who want to record the time that they are at work. Whether you are on salary or covering for a short/long time in a higher position or just want the protection of knowing how many hours you are at work.

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QLD Health Windows 10 Update

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We hear rumblings that the Department of Health has at great cost, upgraded your computers to a new version of Microsoft Windows and that some members and users may have experienced a loss of productive time trying to sort it out.

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Nurse in bid for commission to order Townsville Hospital to act on unsafe conditions, bullying

Jill Poulsen, Health Affairs, The Courier-Mail

TOWNSVILLE Hospital’s failure to ban an aggressive drug user who continually abuses staff and leaves syringes around during hospital visits to his sick wife has landed it in court.

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