Some nurses miss out
TWEED Valley community nurses have been left out in the cold with New South Wales Nurses Association accepting an offer from the state government following industrial action.
NSWNA members at public hospitals and community health services around the state voted to accept a State Government pay and staffing offer on Monday night.
The offer includes a 9.7% pay rise over three years, 1400 extra nurses and the principle of ratios progressed.
Full-time, experienced enrolled nurses will get an increase of nearly $90.
While 90% of association members were in favour of accepting the offer, community nurses feel they have drawn the short straw when it comes to staffing levels.
Secretary and delegate of the Tweed Valley Community Nurses Branch of the New South Wales Nurses Association, Rhonda Allen, said community nurses saw little gain from the offer acceptance.
“There have been little changes to us and the government did not want to come to the table about this issue,” Ms Allen said.
“There is a growing aging population in the Tweed region and we are in need of more community nurses.
“A lot of our positions have been lost and all we have been left with after this negotiation is just a small pay rise.”
Ms Allen said her association was hoping to increase the number of community nurses in Tweed.
“We hope to get more nurses into the community side but we don’t do shift work so we’re not paid as much as hospital-based nurses,” she said.
“We don’t have the numbers to keep up with the work we do.
“Our next step is to hold a meeting with all the North Coast nurses to see what can be done.”