The former health minister who oversaw the last ‘pay jolt’ for nurses back in 2004 says she understands nurses’ frustration but they also shouldn’t forget pay equity is on the way.
Migrant nurses spoken to by New Zealand Herald reporter Emma Russell back a just-released study finding internationally qualified nurses face racism daily.
NZNO is responding to social media calls for a new strike ballot saying the call is premature when the DHBs are still working on a new offer expected next week.
The Employment Court recently upheld a DHB’s decision to report a nurse – who had bullied fellow nurses – to the Nursing Council despite the board and nurse involved having signed a confidentiality and non-disparagement agreement. By Hamish Kynaston and Jennifer Howes.
DHB nurse Anna Dobson argues that safe staffing is too important to be held hostage to pay talks. She has launched a petition calling for the Ministry of Health and MBIE ¬– not district health boards – to be responsible for funding and monitoring safe staffing of hospital wards.
Nurses have greeted the news of a revised DHBs’ offer due next week with a mixed response – including fears of losing momentum after last week’s historic nationwide strike.
Poor retention, under-resourcing and the lack of a coherent workforce plan for mental health nursing were all highlighted in nurses’ union NZNO’s submission to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry.