Security staff taking over nursing duties at hospital

Kyogle Memorial Hospital.
Kyogle Memorial Hospital. Marc Stapelberg

THE staffing at Kyogle Memorial Hospital does not make sense, according to protesters.

Nursing assistants, knowns as AINs, have been replaced by security staff for the 4-8pm shift in the aged care ward of the hospital.


A security guard feeds a patient at Kyogle Memorial Hospital. Their faces have been blurred for privacy reasons.
A security guard feeds a patient at Kyogle Memorial Hospital. Their faces have been blurred for privacy reasons.

The security staff have been given three hours' training to care for the elderly patients while nursing assistants have trained for 360 hours.

It is why the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association held a protest in Kyogle.

Union secretary Mark Boyd said he had no idea why the hospital would replace nursing staff with security.

"Nurses do nursing and security do security," Mr Boyd said.

While AINs are the lowest paid in the industry, he said they knew how to care for the elderly and what to look for if something was wrong.

"AINs do the heavy lifting and the personal care of patients," he said.

This included toileting, washing and dressing patients as well as helping them exercise and move out of bed to chairs.

"AINs have an understanding of dementia, disabilities, Parkinson's and know what to look for such as skin tears, bruising and pressure areas," Mr Boyd said.


NSW Nurses and Midwives Union secretary Mark Boyd.
NSW Nurses and Midwives Union secretary Mark Boyd. Susanna Freymark

Page MP Kevin Hogan announced the $146,000 funding for three extra beds at the Kyogle hospital last year.

"I will be talking to the Minister about the staffing issue at Kyogle to ensure the funding is allocated as agreed," Mr Hogan said.

Northern NSW Local Health District executive director Lynne Weir said the actual hours of care for elderly patients had increased with the new model of staffing.

She said it gave the hospital "more versatility if staff can do security and care for patients".

With 27 full-time elderly patients at the hospital, Ms Weir said a wardsman had been doing morning shifts for some time and it had always been the plan to increase the use of hospital support staff to take on extra duties.

She did not say how much training they received but that it was ongoing.

Topics:  elderly patient care, general-seniors-news, hospital security, jobs, kyogle high school, kyogle hospital staff, kyogle memorial hospital, nsw nurses and midwives association

Man stabbed multiple times in groin and back, woman charged

A man is in a critical condition after being stabbed multiple times

Fluoride completely healthy, says medical authority

The fluoride plant at Corndale.

No evidence to link low fluoridation to harmful health impacts

Local Partners

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Encounters on stage at Lennox Head

COMING SOON: Dancers Elizabeth Venn and Tess Eckert are part of Encounters, the upcoming performance by SPRUNG!! Integrated Dance Theatre Inc.

By Sprung!! Dance Theatre Inc

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Jaime King 'terrified' by son's heart surgery

Jamie King was "terrified" when her son went in for heart surgery.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction