Nursing Review talks to DHBs spokesperson, and former nurse, Jim Green about boosting nursing numbers, employing all new graduates and convincing nurses that DHBs will finally deliver on safe staffing.
In the same week an Accord is signed to address unsafe nursing levels, the latest statistics show nurse online job ads are steeply up – and teacher ads down. Nursing Review looks at the job statistics and DHB nurse sick leave and accrued annual leave trends.
A medical centre’s policy has been updated following being censured after an unauthorized vaccinator assumed and gave Boostrix rather than Gardasil to a 12-year-old girl.
Online voting for the fifth DHB offer is underway following the signing of the safe staffing Accord with nurses’ response varying from sceptical to warily hopeful that it will make a difference to understaffing.
The Minister of Health is calling for safe staffing commitments to be written into the performance expectations of DHB CEOs and the Director-General of Health in support of a new safe staffing Accord announced today.
Nursing Review talks to Glenda Alexander – the lead NZNO negotiator of the historic 2004 ‘pay jolt’ for DHB nurses – about the differences and similarities between those talks and now. And why she believes the DHBs’ 5th offer deserves to be ratified.
Whether the DHBs’ 5th pay offer to NZNO nurses has been ‘tweaked’ enough post-strike to get it over the line will be voted on next week – early nurse feedback is very mixed.
An update on the DHBs’ 5th offer to nurses is expected tomorrow afternoon – meanwhile the Health Minister confirmed today that defence nurses worked in hospitals nationwide during the nurses’ strike.