Keeping DADHC rates close to public system rates is absolutely essential so that DADHC can continue to attract nurses in competition with public and private hospitals, and there can be no argument for trying to introduce non-nursing classifications into the large residential centres.
Maurice, a delegate to the NSWNA DADHC log of claims committee, said the award negotiations were conducted in a difficult environment, with State Government policy requiring all public sector workers to accept offsets for any pay increase above 2.
Another important aspect of the win is that DADHC
will now only be able to rotate RUNMs within positions that receive the same level of pay.
DADHC had previously been struggling to recruit and retain EENs who had been expected to perform higher duties with no remuneration for the increased responsibility.
Though the new rates of pay still lag slightly behind the public hospital award rate, it was widely welcomed by DADHC EENs.
Lynne Lucas has been nursing with DADHC for 17 years and was one of the first ENs to attain her medication endorsement in 2006.
Assistant General Secretary Judith Kiejda said it was not only a good outcome for EENs, but also a good outcome for DADHC.