New nursing development programme at family planning.
Subject: Family planning services (Finance)
Nurses (Compensation and benefits)
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 250 Financial management; 280 Personnel administration Computer Subject: Company financing
Product: Product Code: 8000188 Family Planning; 9105262 Family Planning; 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 62141 Family Planning Centers; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners SIC Code: 8099 Health and allied services, not elsewhere classified; 8322 Individual and family services
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 271050303
Full Text: NZNO's 127 members working for Family Planning (FP) have ratified a settlement which delivers a two percent pay increase over a two-year term, beginning August 1, 2011, and a comprehensive new nursing development programme.

Two days' negotiations in August resulted in the draft settlement, which the six-strong NZNO negotiating team recommended. The team acknowledged that negotiations were conducted in a difficult financial environment as FP, in its latest three-year contract, has received a two percent increase for clinic services only. There was no increase for clinical training or health promotion, meaning health promotion has not had a funding boost for six years.

The new nursing development programme has four levels, with the first level containing three steps. There are also nurse adviser and nurse practitioner (NP) levels. Pay rates now range from $26 an hour for the step one, level one nurse, through to $39.23 an hour for the NP level. Translating the old pay rates to the new pay scale was a complex process. FP will review the new programme within 12 months, with NZNO having the opportunity to participate and provide feedback on how the programme is operating.

There is a six-step health promoter pay scale, with pay rates ranging from $21.84 for level one to $28.72 for level six. Medical receptionist/ clerical/administrative employees have seven pay levels from entry at $15.50 an hour to senior employee at $19.57/hr.

NZNO and FP have committed to holding joint forums in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton where healthy workplace and other issues can be raised. The first forum is to be held within six months of the settlement ratification.

NZNO's negotiating team was organiser Kay Squires and industrial adviser Chris Wilson as co-advocates and Talei Shirely, registered nurse (RN), Wellington; Health Perry, health promoter, Wanganui; Eloise Jarden, receptionist and Nicki Hewitson, RN, both from Christchurch.

Squires said that despite the financial constraints, the negotiations were carried out in a good atmosphere and all FP staff are dedicated to their area of practice.
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