How to take action for safe staffing

  1. Make sure staffing shortages are documented. Use the escalation pathway relevant to your worksite to formally report staffing shortages.
  2. Get your workmates involved.
  3. Contact your organiser if you need support.
  4. Get your workmates together to create, take a photo and share your #thenurseweneed

Use online and downloadable forms to support worksite action for safe staffing

Use other Health and Safety forms and guides

  1. H&S Guideline #01-Electing an Health and Safety Representative 
    Form for Guideline #01-Request for HSR election
  2. H&S Guideline #02-Requesting work health and safety information 
    Form for Guideline #02-Request information
  3. H&S Guideline #03-Submitting a work health and safety recommendation 
    Form for Guideline #03(a)-Make a recommendation (single HSR)
    Form for Guideline #03(b)-Make a recommendation (collective action)
  4. H&S Guideline #04-Requesting help from a HSR in another work group 
    Form for Guideline #04-Request other HSR assistance
  5. H&S Guideline #05-Adverse conduct towards a worker or HSR 
    Form for Guideline #05-Report adverse conduct
  6. H&S Guideline #06-Raising a mentally heathy work issue
    This Guideline will direct you to WorkSafe forms.
  7. H&S Guideline #07-Issuing a Provisional Improvement Notice 
    Form for Guideline #07-Issue a Provisional Improvement Notice
  8. H&S Guideline #08-Requesting WorkSafe assistance for a Health and Safety matter
    This Guideline will direct you to WorkSafe forms.
  9. H&S Guideline #09-Cessation of unsafe work 
    Form for Guideline #09(a)-Worker notification of cessation of work
    Form for Guideline #09(b)-Work team notification of cessation of work
  10. H&S Guideline #10-Directing a cessation of work 
    Form for Guideline #10-HSR direct a cessation of work
  11. H&S Guideline #11-Requesting assistance from WorkSafe relating to cessation of work
    This Guideline will direct you to WorkSafe forms.

Build community support to create pressure on employers and the government to sustainably fix staffing shortages.

  1. Run informational pickets in your community to let the public know about staffing shortages in their local hospital or health care service.
  2. Run a market or community stall in your community to provide information both about shortages and our solutions or fixes. Let members of the public know how they can show support. This could include using the template to create and share #thenurseweneed
  3. Download the NZNO Guide: How to run a Safe Staffing public action (informational picket or stall)

Learn how other NZNO members have taken action for health and safety

Find out how NZNO members at Gisborne Hospital Ward 5 have been taking action for safe staffing including holding a health and safety strike.