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The conciliation talks before Fair Work Australia could bring an end to 11 months of negotiations, which have so far failed to secure a new agreement.


RDNS nurses are demanding pay parity with public sector hospital nurses’ and midwives’ wages, along with fair workloads and better conditions. Nurses want a 2.5 per cent per annum pay rise over the proposed four-year agreement, back-paid to March, and a $1000 professional development allowance in the first year with $900 for each of the following years. For the full article visit Page 6 |


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Cabrini nurses tap into new technology by Karen Keast A Victorian health care service has embraced workforce management technology to support its nurses.

“For example, identifying where our busy periods are and matching the workforce to the demand,” he said.

Melbourne-based Catholic health care service Cabrini Health, which has six campuses and a workforce of almost 1600 nurses, has introduced a roster solution and a single sign-on system to drive efficiency and boost overall performance.

“The solution has led to improved satisfaction levels from nurses who are now better able to control their schedules.

Workforce management solutions company Kronos Australia, which commissioned the Nursing Pulse Check survey revealing that a majority of Australian nurses are burnt out and dissatisfied with their jobs, introduced the technology. The new systems have already delivered benefits, including bolstering nurses’ efficiency and work satisfaction alongside cost savings and improved patient outcomes. The rostering solution has delivered more flexible hours, offering longer and shorter shift options, enabling nurses to either maximise their hours in fewer days or opt for schoolfriendly hours. In the survey’s report, Cabrini Health program director Peter Bennett said the service had also optimised its nursing workforce around occupancy peaks and troughs.

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“We’re gaining a greater understanding of what the system can do for us, which has increased managers’ enthusiasm for using the system.” Cabrini chief financial officer Judith Day said nurses completed training sessions and were taught to prepare their own ward rosters, while nurses are also being trained in the introduction of a single sign-on system. “Further computer training is going to be provided with the introduction of e-prescribing which will have a significant impact on the workflow of nursing staff,” she said. “The changes have created greater efficiencies across the organisation, provided not only better access to information but consistent interpretation of information which assists management decisions. “It has reduced manual data handling and therefore reduced errors, especially for payroll,” she said.

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Aussie nurses are burning out by Karen Keast Workforce management solutions company Kronos Australia, which commissioned the survey, said the results were a wake-up call for the sector to embrace a range of solutions, such as better work-life balance opportunities for nurses with more flexible schedules including shorter shift options and school-friendly hours. Kronos Australia vice president Peter Harte said the survey warned the sector was a ticking time bomb unless changes were made.

Australia’s nursing profession is in danger of burning itself out with 51 per cent of nurses planning to exit the sector in the next decade, according to a new survey. Overwhelming demand for healthcare services coupled with a critical skills shortage is leaving nurses stressed and dissatisfied with their jobs, prompting 17 per cent to concede they will leave the profession in the next five years.

“Management need to look at how they can help Australian nurses through better workforce planning and management to alleviate the stresses currently being experienced,” he said. “They need to listen to the voice of the nurse and look for ways to work together so that the projections of 2020 don’t become a reality.” The survey also found 56 per cent of nurses blamed excessive workloads as the main barrier to their workplace productivity while 20 per cent cited lack of and ability to use technology.

While retirement was the biggest factor for leaving the workforce, at 67 per cent, 33 per cent of nurses blamed excessive workloads, with more than a quarter revealing they care for more than 30 patients a day, on top of inflexible working hours and low salaries.

Ninety-eight per cent of nurses said being surrounded by collaborative and friendly colleagues would boost their productivity, along with a manageable workload, at 97 per cent, and access to technology and the skills to use it, at 95 per cent.

The February survey of 200 senior and junior nurses, from public and private hospitals, teaching hospitals and aged healthcare centres across Australia, found 46 per cent of nurses suffered from work-related stress, job dissatisfaction, burn-out and injury in the past 12 months.

Mr Harte said hospitals have been slow to embrace new technology to help better manage their workplaces.

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“Traditionally a paper-based environment, there’s a lot to be gained from looking at how technology can better manage nurses in their day-to-day role,” he said.

Hurstville Private – Clinical Nurse Educator Part time with opportunity for full time hours Hurstville Private is a 73 bed acute surgical hospital with a total 4 operating suites. The hospital redeveloped commences late 2012 & includes increasing our theatre capacity from 4 to 6 operating suites. The major works project includes a brand new theatre complex, PACU & DSU & inpatient accommodation. Our theatre complex is seeking a motivated and innovative Clinical Nurse Educator with excellent clinical skills and a passion for best practice educational outcomes. The Clinical Educator will work closely with the Operating Suite Manager & our Speciality Team Leaders & will be instrumental in clinically supporting our current & new employees. This role would suit an enthusiastic CNE/CNS who delights in supporting an educational program in the clinical setting. The successful applicant will be responsible for facilitating staff development within the peri-op. areas and fostering a culture of learning including assisting staff with competencies & support an educational program in the clinical setting. REQUIREMENTS š H[b[lWdjFeij=hWZkWj[9[hj_ÅYWj[eh;nj[di_l[F[h_#Ef[hWj_l[[nf[h_[dY[ š C_d_ckc*o[Whih[b[lWdjYb_d_YWb[nf[h_[dY[ š H[Y[dj(o[WhiIYhkX%IYekj[nf[h_[dY[ š 9khh[djdkhi[ih[]_ijhWj_edm_j^7>FH7 š >_]^b[l[be\i[b\#cej_lWj_edfhe\[ii_edWbYecckd_YWj_edia_bbi š Wfei_j_l[ºYWdZe»Wjj_jkZ[$ š Fh[l_eki(o[Whi½[nf[h_[dY[Wi9b_d_YWbDkhi[;ZkYWjehZ[i_hWXb[ š 9[hj_ÅYWj[?L_dJhW_d_d]7ii[iic[dj"ehmeha_d]jemWhZiZ[i_hWXb[ To confidentially discuss this role please contact Carly Salakas (Operating Suite Manager) or Louise Dodd (CEO) on: T (02) 9579 7780 E W Applications close 19 August 2012 Nursing Careers Allied Health - Issue 14 | Page 13


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A Challenging Career! NETS (Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service - NSW) is a state-wide emergency retrieval service for the transfer of criƟcally ill newborns, infants and children up to 16 years of age. The service provides expert clinical advice, clinical co-ordinaƟon, emergency treatment and stabilisaƟon and inter hospital transport for criƟcally ill babies and children, in over 200 hospitals across NSW and the ACT, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Each year NETS coordinates over 3600 calls and performs over 1800 retrievals of babies and children uƟlising a range of transport modes including our dedicated road ambulances, the Telstra Child Flight helicopter or an air ambulance xed wing aircraŌ.

NURSE EDUCATOR – Grade 1 This role is the key educaƟonal resource at NETS and the Nurse Educator will work with the organisaƟons leaders in determining the strategic direcƟon and educaƟon iniƟaƟves for the nursing service.

PosiƟon Ref No: 88462 Employment Type: Full Time Salary: Public Health System Nurses’ & Midwives’ (State) Award 2011 Friday, 27 July 2012 Closing Date:

The posiƟon has an overall responsibility for implemenƟng evidenced based nursing pracƟce through clinical research, systemaƟc reviews and educaƟonal strategies at a state level.

SelecƟon Criteria • Eligible for registraƟon with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia (NMBA). • Extensive experience in clinical pracƟce. • Relevant terƟary qualicaƟons in educaƟon or equivalent. • Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate, deliver and evaluate educaƟon and training programs. • Demonstrated eīecƟve leadership skills including ability to communicate, negoƟate and problem solve eīecƟvely. • Demonstrated evidence of the provision of relevant educaƟon courses or programs that incorporate the use of adult learning principles. • Evidence of being professionally acƟve and self -moƟvated. • Computer literacy and understanding of relevant informaƟon systems.

The Nurse Educator will be responsible for developing educaƟonal iniƟaƟves to maximise nursing staī potenƟal to achieve desired levels of knowledge and skill.

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Director Nursing and Midwifery Education and Strategy t-FBEFEVDBUJPOGPSPWFS OVSTFTBOENJEXJWFT t%FWFMPQTUSBUFHZ t1SPNPUFSFTFBSDI Southern Health provides health care across South Eastern Melbourne uniquely integrating in one organisation all primary, secondary and tertiary health services as well as world renowned research and teaching facilities. Our services are delivered at over 40 sites, including Monash Medical Centre Clayton and Moorabbin, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Kingston Centre, Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre and extensive Community Health facilities throughout the region. A truly exceptional opportunity is available for a highly qualified and accomplished Nurse to provide the strategic leadership to the Southern Health Nursing and Midwifery Education and Strategy Service. While supporting the developmental needs of nurses and midwives you will integrate nursing research, education and practice and improve clinical care for our patients. To be successful in this role you must be a Registered Nurse Division 1, with a Masters Degree or higher in Education, Management or Clinical Nursing Practice and fulfil the requirements of a senior academic position at Associate Professor Level or higher. To obtain more information about this influential and rewarding role please contact Ms Cheyne Chalmers, Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery on +61 3 9594 2762.


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New course helps nurses return to the workforce by Karen Keast CQUniversity has launched a course helping nurses wanting to return to the workforce, which is the first of its kind in Queensland. The Registered Nurse Re-Entry Course is designed for nurses who have either let their registration lapse or who have not practised for at least five years. The program’s first intake includes 19 students from across Australia, ranging from Melbourne to Cooktown. CQU Queensland Centre for Professional Health Education director Deb Austen said there was strong demand for the course. “We have had a strong interest from nurses in a wide range of different areas across the entire health industry,” she said. “This program is very important because there are a significant number of nurses seeking re-entry to the workforce, and they are able to be acknowledged for their previous experience while upgrading their knowledge of contemporary practice through a recognised course.” The course includes an online theoretical component of 10 modules, to be completed over 10 weeks, a three-day face-to-face clinical skills workshop at the university’s new Noosa campus and 160 hours of clinical placement. Ms Austen said the program was designed to inject experienced nurses back into the profession, armed with the required knowledge and skills. “Students also gain the necessary knowledge and skills to re-enter the nursing profession as a safe and competent beginning level Page 20 |

nurse in line with the ANMC Competency Standards for Registered Nurses,” she said. The course is scheduled to run three times a year. Nurses can also apply to the Royal College of Nursing Australia for a $6000 course scholarship. The next round of scholarships closes July 23.

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ACE new system for New Zealand nurse graduates by Karen Keast Applications will open in August for about 1200 nurse graduates applying for positions under an innovative new system at New Zealand’s district health boards.

“The set-up has been funded by Health Workforce New Zealand and on-going maintenance of the system will be a combined funding from the DHBs.”

The new Advanced Choice of Employment (ACE) online recruitment process has been created to match graduates with their work preferences.

Dr O’Malley said New Zealand was expecting about 1200 graduates in November and while DHBs were still to determine how many positions they would offer, a November 2011 survey showed 85 per cent of graduates found nursing jobs.

ACE replaces the previous system where nurse graduates submitted multiple applications and DHBs often processed applications for the same graduate. Under the new streamlined system, graduates submit one application online which goes to a few DHBs, which they rank in order of preference. The DHBs receiving the applications rank the graduates in order of preference and ACE matches the graduates and the DHBs’ preferences.

“We are working closely with the DHBs to place as many as possible,” she said. “Some folks will later decline job offers for various reasons…and then there will be a second match based with the people who remain in the talent pool. “DHBs will be able to place from this pool.

Ministry of Health chief nurse Jane O’Malley labelled the new system “very important”.

“Those that don’t get jobs in the first and second match will have the option of remaining on the data base to be placed as jobs come up.”

“In the past applicants and employers spent more time finding graduates and the recruitment process took longer,” she said.

Applications open on August 6 and close on September 16 with offers sent out on November 9.

“We have also had to rely on incomplete data that was collected from various data sources and is out of date the day after we collate it. “This data base will be real time and very accurate which will guide other actions to help improve efforts to better match training with employment.” Dr O’Malley said the idea for the new system was largely a sector effort. “The idea developed over time following a number of conversations involving senior nursing leaders in the sector and has been embraced by the sector particularly the directors of nursing. Page 22 |

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Agency nursing offers endless variety by Nina Hendy lot of unhappy people who have been in the same job for years on end and often think that this sort of variety could perhaps suit them better,” Ley says. She has been on the books with Healthcare Australia for many years. The agency has operations across the country and launched 30 years ago to provide a practical solution to the growing nurses and medical skills shortage. Healthcare Australia encompasses recruitment and training for temporary and permanent healthcare positions including nurses, aged care workers, doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Registered nurse Sharon Ley is a wellrecognised face in the operating theatres of South Australia. As an agency nurse with Healthcare Australia, she is rostered for duty at more than 25 different health institutions. She tells Nina Hendy why she loves agency work and why more should consider it. Sharon Ley is a nomadic theatre nurse. On any given day, she could be working alongside full-time staff employed at one of the 25 theatres dotted across South Australia that require her services. As a registered nurse working with healthcare recruiter Healthcare Australia, not only her hours vary, but so does her place of work. With countless colleagues and huge variety in her role as a registered theatre nurse, Ley relishes the variety that being an agency nurse gives her. “I can’t understand why more nurses don’t voluntarily opt for this sort of work. I see a Page 24 |

Ley says agency nurses need the ability to adapt to different workplace situations and need to be able to think on their feet. “You’ve got to be flexible and walk in to a place and pick up the ropes immediately. You’ve got to know how to get to the particular place you’re working at, know where to park and how to get to the theatre in time for your shift. I think I’m absolutely suited to an agency role.” Ley has built up a strong reputation over the years – so much so that these days theatres will request her by name when they require her expertise. “I know that many nurses want to know where they’re going each day and want to be in a particular place for their shift, but that just doesn’t suit me. I like a clean start each day. And I know I’m of value to the places I work for.” Ley believes that agency nurses aren’t well understood by the wider healthcare fraternity.

“I also used to think that agency nurses were the ones that couldn’t get a job, but that’s so not true. Agency work suits people who love diversity and don’t want to turn up to the same place every day,” she says. The role of an agency nurse shouldn’t be underestimated, she says. “I’ve seen one Adelaide hospital staffed by 26 agency nurses in one day. The truth is that agency nurses are the bricks in the walls - they hold those places together.” Ley wasn’t always a nurse. After a stint in retail and working at a local kindergarten, she

I also used to think that agency nurses were the ones that couldn’t get a job, but that’s so not true. Agency work suits people who love diversity and don’t want to turn up to the same place every day,

trained as a nurse and began working at what is now Adelaide’s Women and Children’s Hospital. A taste of theatre nursing suited her and she accepted a role at Adelaide’s St Andrew’s Private Hospital. After two years she had her first baby, then her second, returning to work at St Andrew’s. She was enticed to a new role offered at a day surgery that specialised in ophthalmology, where she stayed for 12 years, before leaving for agency work. The best part about agency work is that she’s able to dictate the days and hours she would like to work and the type of work she wants, with theatre work her preference. Healthcare Australia organises her required training in areas like CPR, manual handling and drug calculations and new product launches, ensuring she’s always up to date. “By being flexible, I get more work, although the agency knows the sort of work I prefer now and looks after me.” Ley aims for at least 35 hours of work a week, but could work up to 50 hours a week. While she doesn’t get paid holiday pay or sick leave, she does earn more than hospital nurses. “Anything above 35 hours of work I tuck away each week, which funds my holidays and any days off that I need. “Over the years, I’ve seen gunshot wounds, car crash victims, incredible reconstructive operations and everything else in between. Theatre work offers huge variety, which is what I love.” For more articles visit Nursing Careers Allied Health - Issue 14 | Page 25

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Paramedics top list of Australia’s most trusted by Karen Keast After more than 25 years in the ambulance service, paramedic Norm Rees still loves his profession. And it appears he’s not the only one. Australians have given the thumbs up to paramedics, voting them the most trusted profession in the Australian Reader’s Digest annual survey for the eighth year in a row. “It’s really nice to be held up there for that long,” Norm said. “We go into situations as neutral, whether it be a trauma scene or into a residence to treat a medical. “We have no other agenda but to treat patients.” Norm, who worked at Wollongong Hospital for 13 years before joining the Ambulance Service of New South Wales, is now the duty operations manager at Wollongong Station. The NSW service is the third largest ambulance service in the world, employing more than 4000 people and responding to more than 1,149,000 emergency and nonemergency calls in 2010-2011. Paramedics were not the only health profession to score a top 10 position in the poll. Nurses came in at number four, doctors made sixth position and pharmacists ranked in seventh place. For Norm, being a paramedic is not only working in the most trusted profession - it’s also working in the best job. “I love the variety and the people I work with. Every job is completely different,” he said. “You get to go to a whole heap of different Page 28 |

places and meet a lot of nice people and interesting people. “It’s just a very rewarding job. I don’t think you could get better – that’s after 25 years I can still say that.” Norm’s daughter Vanessa shares her father’s passion for the ambulance service. Vanessa joined the service about two years ago and is now a paramedic intern at Picton and Campbelltown. “My daughter is finding out exactly the same thing – she absolutely loves it,” he said. “She said to me ‘Dad it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle’. It most certainly is. “We commonly share jobs and talk about how you can do it better and different ways of doing things. “I am very proud of her.” Australian Reader’s Digest trust poll 2012 professions 1. Paramedics 2. Firefighters 3. Rescue volunteers 4. Nurses 5. Pilots 6. Doctors 7. Pharmacists 8. Veterinarians 9. Armed Forces personnel 10. Farmers 11. Police 12. Scientists 13. Teachers For the full article visit

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More Aussies are nursing abroad by Karen Keast Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a staggering rise in the number of Australian nurses and midwives venturing overseas for work, up almost 400 per cent in five years. The latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show there were 2047 nurses working abroad in 2007 and that figure last year jumped to 10,166 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an increase of 396.6 per cent. The Nursing and Midwifery Workforce 2011 report provides an insight into the demographic and employment characteristics of nurses and midwives who were registered in Australia last year. The report shows the workforce is on the rise, up 6.8 per cent on 2007 figures, with 326,669 registered nurses and midwives in 2011, comprising 268,018 registered nurses and 58,651 enrolled nurses. But the Institute has warned while the workforce is growing itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not keeping pace with Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population. The report also reveals there were 36,074 midwives in 2011, while nine out of 10 nurses and midwives are female, at 90.1 per cent, and almost two in five of all employed nurses and midwives are aged 50 or more. Nurses and midwives also work an average of 32.8 hours a week while 7708 people completed registered nurse undergraduate training in 2010, with another 3938 completing enrolled nurse vocational courses. The statistics show there were 2212 nurses or midwives identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, representing 0.8 per cent of all employed nurses and midwives. Page 30 |

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For the love of occupational therapy by Karen Keast Vivienne Williams loves helping kids reach their potential. An occupational therapist for the past 14 years, Vivienne has her own private practice, Kids Matters OT in Brisbane, which is dedicated to working with children with special needs, ranging from sensory processing disorders to autism, behavioural and emotional problems, and motor coordination issues. “Since graduating and specialising in working with children, I have been inspired and encouraged by the uniqueness and specialness of each child and family that I work with,” she said.

Vivienne said while Queensland has required registration since she first began practising and there was no actual change for her dayto-day practice, the move was an exciting one for the occupational therapy profession. “It has placed occupational therapists alongside the other AHPRA professionals including doctors, nurses, dentists, optometrists, physios and psychologists among others,” she said. “This means that we are also consulted on issues that are relevant to the health and occupational well-being of Australians.” For the full article visit

“(I) love walking the journey with the children and their families to help them reach their potential and be all they can be. “There is so much to learn and so many skills to develop and it is all about making other people’s lives better.” Occupational therapists are one of four health professions to recently join Australia’s national registration and accreditation scheme, which is supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). From July 1, OTs, Chinese medical practitioners, medical radiation practitioners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioners join 530,000 health practitioners spanning 10 professions already listed under the scheme, including chiropractic, dental, medical, nursing and midwifery, optometry, osteopathy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry and psychology. Nursing Careers Allied Health - Issue 14 | Page 33

Communicating a passion for speech pathology by Karen Keast Gloria Tzannes has never contemplated working with adults. The senior speech pathologist prefers working with little patients – from newborn babies through to toddlers, children and teenagers. “I’ve always wanted to work with children and what better way than to help them to talk and eat,” she said. Gloria has been working at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, since she graduated 15 years ago. Her work involves non-clinical and clinical caseloads, including assisting and managing babies and children with eating and drinking problems with patients who have syndromes such as Down syndrome or conditions such as cleft palate, Pierre Robin sequence or cerebral palsy. “I love everything about it,” she said. “Seeing the actual patients and liaising with their local services.” The mum of two is the clinical educator in the department for final year speech pathology students and is also involved in developing policy and guideline resources, including the clinical practice guidelines for children with tracheostomy, now being finalised.

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