Nurses at two Brisbane private hospitals take action over unfair treatment

Jill Poulsen, The Courier-Mail
November 1, 2018 9:31am


NURSES at the Wesley and St Andrew’s private hospitals will start industrial action this week over what they claim is unfair treatment.

Nurses Professional Association of Queensland members have provided notice to the employer, UnitingCare Health, that they intend to start industrial action because they are fed-up with siding with the Queensland Nurses and Midwifery Union.

 

 

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Nurses fear safety after illegal drugs smuggled into Townsville Hospital

Des Houghton, The Courier-Mail, October 26, 2018 10:00pm

THE husband of an acutely ill woman smuggled syringes and white powder into her room at Townsville hospital during a major security blunder.

When nurses called for back-up, they were told security was “too busy” to attend.

 

NPAQ Townsville branch secretary Kirsten McAllister.

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Grad Programs For Our Future

Message from NPAQ's President, Phill Tsingos

This time of the year many third year Registered Nursing students are preparing for life after University. At the same time many hospitals start recruiting new Nurses to their graduate programs. After years of hard work, dedication and training the hope of a prize opportunity awaits and only a few are chosen.

I am privileged to preceptor student nurses in their journey to reaching their goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.  In doing so, my aim is to provide students with a solid foundation in the core values of being a Nurse. This gives me the focus and attention required to provide students with the best learning environment for them to grow and develop their own nursing practice.

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Survey Results: Abortion Law Reform

Thank you to all members who completed our recent survey on the impact of the new abortion laws in practice.  

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Queensland Parliament is in the process of decriminalising abortion on the one hand but allowing third trimester terminations on the other. 

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Abortion Law Reform: This will effect both pro-choice and pro-life nurses.

THE Nurses Professional Association of Queensland is concerned about the possible impact on members of the Palaszczuk government’s and now the Frecklington opposition’s move to liberalise abortion.  

Without seeking the views of their members, the Queensland Nurse’s and Midwives Union originally advocated and supported the proposed new laws that will allow abortions up to and into the last trimester of pregnancy.

It did this under the banner of women’s rights.

The NPAQ believes the QNMU has not taken into account the practical consequences of the potential discrimination against not only those nurses and midwives who conscientiously object to abortion,  (in particular late term abortion), but also the nurses who would consider themselves “pro-choice”.

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Winner EOFY Competition

Brett Clarke EOFY Competition WinnerCongratulations to Brett Clarke who received 12 Months Membership reimbursed.

Brett joined NPAQ in July 2018 after seeing a number of media reports and interviews.

“I was impressed with how the association represents Nurses without any political agenda, which aligns with my values” he said.

Brett also found the NPAQ provide services at a much lower cost than the union matching exactly what he needs as a nurse working in health.

I wasted my money with the QNMU, I received no assistance, was brushed off and ended up resigning from my role due to inaction by management and the QNMU after lodging work load issues with the union” explained Brett.

 

 

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Professional Indemnity Insurance Run-Off Cover for Nurses

NPAQ PII Insurance for Nurses

Insurance Myth Buster

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Wage Theft

QLD Wage Theft Inquiry

 

The Queensland Government has begun its Inquiry into Wage Theft in Queensland and hasn't NPAQ caused a stir!

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Lady Cilento Name Change Survey

Survey - Lady Cilento Hospital Name Change

Health Minister, Steven Miles has come forward and flagged that he would like to change the name of the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. He cited the opinion of some doctors he had met as the reason for the change.

We thought - why not ask nurses? If there is anyone who would know the concerns of patients more than anyone, it would be you. Hopefully you saw our survey!

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Is dis-endorsing RIPEN a gateway to devaluing Nursing?

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A letter from the NPAQ President

An NPAQ member recently sent through a notification regarding NMBA looking into dis-endorsing RIPEN (Remote and Isolated Practice Endorsed Registered Nurse). The Registered Nurse was concerned that their current scope of practice will be weakened and devalued.

There are approximately 900 RIPEN endorsed nurses practicing in many places that have limited access to healthcare. These are Nurses who are devoted to these communities and want to improve the health outcomes of the people they serve.

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