Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hospital Nurses Accept Pay Rise; Community Carers Badly Let Down A[euro]" Spokesman

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Hospital Nurses Accept Pay Rise; Community Carers Badly Let Down A[euro]" Spokesman

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Byline: PETER WEEKES Senior reporter

THE State Government has awarded nurses a 9.7% pay rise over the next three years and will employ 1400 more nurses to meet union demands for improved staff-to-patient ratios.

NSW Nurses Association Lismore Base Hospital representative Gil Wilson said the deal would ensure nurses could spend more time caring for patients.

aThe deal guarantees the ratios we were after but it's not going to happen overnight,a he said.

aFor patients it means nurses won't be worked to death and hopefully have more time to spend with their patients and do what they signed up to do a to care for our patients. That's what is going to be the difference.a

The offer, which nurses accepted in a state-wide vote last week, came after a series of industrial actions including the closing of beds at hospitals including Lismore Base.

Nurses were asking for a nurse-to-patient ratio of one to four, similar to the ratio used in Victoria. …

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