“Nurses want to work in Queensland because they have real ratios: one to four on the ward and one to three in ED. We are one kilometre from the Queensland border: the John Flynn Private Hospital, Gold Coast University Hospital, and Robina Hospital are well within half an hour from the border.
We’re losing staff in droves.
Far too many of our staff are first and second year out, and our ED is full of them. They are exhausted and they are frightened. I think half of them are in shock. In 2019–2020, our ED had more presentations than St Vincent’s in Sydney, and only 1000 less than the huge Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The hospital has always been really united, though. We’ve got a really good branch and everyone is really passionate.
We went out on 10 June. We had a secret ballot and it was 96 to two in favour of walking out. We had staff organised to take the resolution to management and we went out the front door. The feeling when everyone went out was thrilling. The young ones had all the posters they had spent a lot of time making. It was very uniting for them; they realised ‘We’re a group, there are a lot of us.”
– Kristin Ryan-Agnew, President, Tweed Hospital Branch