Victorian nurses, midwives and carers are once again feeling the mounting pressure.
It may feel like we are back where we started, but we are so much better prepared.
PPE stocks are good and now centrally managed. Additional nurses, midwives and carers are going to be needed, and we have:
- thousands who put their name forward last time who are now on the DHHS pandemic surge workforce register
- thousands of registered nurses who updated their crit care skills
- hundreds of registered and enrolled nurses not currently in clinical practice who have undertaken refresher education
- more than 140 nurses who participated in the ANMF’s re-orientation to acute care workshops
- the Registered Undergraduate Student of Nursing employment model and framework
- the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia pandemic sub-register to fast-track the return to practice of experienced and qualified nurses and midwives who became unregistered in the past three years.
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We’re currently working on emerging and evolving member issues including the border closure, what will happen with elective surgery and a consistent pay and conditions for nurses involved in COVID-19 testing.
Members with a workplace concern or question can ask via anmfvic.asn.au/memberassistance
ANMF continues to work from home according to the Victorian Government directions, but your questions will be answered as quickly as possible.
If we judge your issue to be complex we will continue to advise and support you by phone and teleconference.
The expectations of the Victorian community on you is understandably high.
If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious yourself, the Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria is there to support nurses, midwives and carers during the pandemic. This service is independent, free and run by nurses specifically for you www.nmhp.org.au/
As you continue to work to care for the Victorian community, ANMF will continue to advocate, support, represent and care for you.
ANMF (Vic Branch)