More investment in the aged care nursing workforce is the answer to shortages, argues Monina Hernandez, not channelling migrant nurses into a specialty that may not be their preferred choice.
INsite is keen to gauge readers’ opinion on the case currently being heard in the courts involving a New Zealand man who committed indecent assault on a child in 1986 requesting a clean slate so that he can work in the aged care industry.
A World Bank suggestion that Australasia solve its shortage of aged care workers with young Pacific migrants is patronising and insulting, says Pacific nurse leader Eseta Finau. Instead, she argues in an NZNO blog, Pacific, Māori and other young people should be welcomed into nursing.
Unless Government action is taken soon to address immigration and ANZSCO settings, New Zealand will witness an exodus of migrant aged care workers, leaving a gaping hole in New Zealand’s aged care workforce. JUDE BARBACK finds out what the hold-up is.
Resident and staff attitudes need to change if we are to create inclusive working environments for our increasingly diverse workforce in New Zealand’s residential aged care sector. A panel discussion at the New Zealand Aged Care Association’s annual conference discusses how facilities can improve.
The New Zealand Aged Care Association says the Government needs to step up and address some of the underlying challenges facing the residential aged care sector before it considers the review of sector standards and staffing levels called for by the New Zealand Nurses' Organisation.
Why do we still struggle with accommodating diversity in the workplace? And what can employers do about it? Professor Edwina Pio talks to Jude Barback about culture and diversity in aged care settings.
Ryman Healthcare announced today an increase to the pay rates of its nursing and other village staff who did not fall under last year’s care and support worker pay equity settlement.
Caregivers are excited at the prospect of another pay increase as the pay equity settlement rolls into its second year. Meanwhile employers have welcomed a funding supplement to assist with the increased wage costs.
The pay equity settlement extension to include mental health and addiction support workers will be funded on an ‘actuals’ basis, as per the home and community support services sector, until the end of September.