Type: Union News Subject: Nursing Issues
22 February 2012
Help us get 10,000 signatures for the Re-Entry Petition to Nursing and midwifery!We have a chronic shortage of nurses.
Funding has become available for around 1400 new jobs in the public health system and many nurses and midwives who took time out to have children now want to return to work but are unable to due to the newly introduced recency of practice Standard by APHRA
You may have read about this issue in the media recently, a direct result of the feature article "Needless Hurdles" in The Lamp (November 2011) which highlighted the stumbling blocks these standards have presented to nurses and midwives who want to return to nursing.
Many nurses and midwives have also been articulating their frustration in forum discussions on Nurse Uncut and Facebook.
In light of this, the Association is circulating a petition. Once we have collected 10,000 signatures we will have this issue heard in the Legislative Assembly of NSW.
But we need your help!
Please print out and copy the attached petition and circulate in your branches and communities.
There is also an information sheet containing the background of this issue for your perusal.
Please bear in mind that in order for the signatures collected to be admissible to the legislative assembly, certain rules must be followed:
• Each page of signatures must be headed with the words of the request.
• Every signature must be original hand-writing, and signatures must not be pasted on, photocopied or transferred in any other way.
• The petition must be signed by the people whose names are listed, using their own signature or mark if they are unable to write. Every person signing a petition must write their address after their signature.
Once the petition has been filled out please return the original petitions to the NSW Nurses Association Attn: Lisa Kremmer, Acting Assistant General Secretary 50 O'Dea Ave, Waterloo, NSW 2017 by March 31 2012.