1.Which country are you practising in?
2. Do you have a specialty area of practice?
I'm a clinical nurse specialist in endocrinology, and work on a mixed medical specialty ward
3. What are your current issues of concern such as understaffing or mandatory overtime?
There's no mandatory overtime, and we have a legally enforced nurse-patient ratio. My ward has recently had a significant number of staff drop from full time to part time, and a few other staff have left altogether, so that shifts are now up to 50% bank and agency staff, which increases the workload of (particularly senior) ward nurses. To combat this, admin has decided to employ more division 2 nurses, which further stresses the rest of the staff.
As gwenith said, if the currently proposed IR changes come in, there's going to be a strong and coordinated industrial action campaign.
4. Do you have any issues that are culturally related?
I work in a highly multicultural area, but there are lots of services available to help with any issues arising from this - interpreter services, cultural liason, Koori liason officer etc
5. What level of education do you have?
I'm hospital trained, so I have a certificate of nursing. I also have a grad dip in bioethics, and masters degrees in health ethics and in social health.