PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION of Ireland

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PNA SAYS APPOINTMENT OF ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS AND OPENING OF DAY HOSPITALS ARE KEY TO ADDRESSING GROWING WAITING LISTS FOR ADMISSION TO CAMHS SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA)  today (Tuesday 22nd May) called for the introduction of Advanced Nurse Practitioners and the opening of a number of Day Hospitals throughout the country as a means of tackling the worsening crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes, said a meeting of psychiatric nurses working in CAMHS from around the country has unanimously agreed that the HSE must introduce new measures to allow faster access to child and adolescent psychiatric services.  The nurses met in response to new figures released last week   which showed that the number of children and young people waiting over a year to access Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services increased by 10% between February and March with the overall waiting list for the service predicted to exceed 3,000 before the year's end if the current trend continues.

Mr Hughes said the figures confirm the experience of psychiatric nurses throughout the country that CAMHS are in chaos as a result of a under-staffing and under – resourcing.

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LATEST INCREASE IN CAMHS WAITING LIST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING AND DEMAND ROLE FOR ADVANCED NURSE PRACTITIONERS IN PROVIDING INITIAL ASSESSMENT FOR SERVICES

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The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said today (Monday, 14 th May) that the latest figures for the number of children and young people waiting over a year to see the state's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are extremely disappointing and confirm the PNA's assessment that the delivery of CAMHS services throughout the country is chaotic as a result of a understaffing and under – resourcing.

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care in its Interim Report in December last had proposed that in order to reduce waiting lists that nurses should be able to provide the initial assessment for access to CAMHS services.    

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PNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE TOLD PAY COMMISSION MUST DELIVER SIGNIFICANT PAY MEASURES TO ADDRESS NURSING RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

CONFERENCE CONDEMS LACK OF PROGRESS IN PROVISION OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CONTINUED PLACEMENT OF CHILDREN IN ADULT UNITS 

The current shortage of nurses in mental health services will only get worse, and services will deteriorate further, unless the current Public Service  Pay Commission process results in significant pay measures for nurses, including pay parity with therapy grades the General Secretary of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) told the union's Annual Delegate Conference meeting in Cavan today ( Thursday 12 th April.)

PNA General Secretary, Peter Hughes said:

‘ The PNA cannot and will not accept anything less than a significant meaningful recommendation by the Public Service Pay Commission to address nurses pay and Conference this morning mandated the union to support a ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike,  if  those pay measures do no come from the Pay Commission.'

‘Should the Public Service Pay Commission fail to recommend remedial pay measures then the chance for this country to resolve this impending crisis will be lost for a generation with very serious  implications for the delivery and development of mental health services and patient care.'

Mr Hughes said  a ‘culture of emigration' has developed for graduating Irish nurses, and recruitment and retention into the Irish health services will only be solved by significant increases in nurses pay.  He said experts already predict that there is likely to be a significant push to recruit Irish nursing graduates in post Brexit UK and unless there are improvements in nurses pay which close the gap between salaries here and those available to nurses emigrating to UK, Australia and Canada, then the Irish health services will lose another generation of nursing graduates'.

Mr Hughes said the scale of the recruitment crisis facing the mental health services is stark.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES

Psychiatric Nurses (members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, PNA)  today (Tuesday 20 th  Feb.) commenced industrial action, while colleagues in Kilkenny escalated their current industrial action, in protest at the continuing overcrowding  and under staffing of psychiatric units in Waterford and Kilkenny.

Today's commencement of industrial action in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Waterford (UHW), and in residential units at Grangemore, St. Aidens and Ard na Deise involves psychiatric nurses not co-operating with non nursing duties. Meanwhile, in a direct response to the continuing overcrowding in St Lukes Acute Psychiatric Unit, in Kilkenny (where there were 50 patients in the 44 unit at the weekend) nurses there are escalating their industrial action (which has been in place since December last) to the next phase.

In both cases nurses have balloted overwhelmingly for action up to and including strike.

PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said nurses were embarking on industrial action reluctantly, but have been left with no choice in order to protect service delivery to patients and ensure the safety of both clients and staff in services across Waterford and Kilkenny.

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INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY PSYCHIATRIC NURSES COMMENCES IN WATERFORD, AND ESCALATES IN KILKENNY, IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES

Psychiatric Nurses (members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association, PNA)  today (Tuesday 20 th  Feb.) commenced industrial action, while colleagues in Kilkenny escalated their current industrial action, in protest at the continuing overcrowding  and under staffing of psychiatric units in Waterford and Kilkenny.

Today's commencement of industrial action in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital Waterford (UHW), and in residential units at Grangemore, St. Aidens and Ard na Deise involves psychiatric nurses not co-operating with non nursing duties. Meanwhile, in a direct response to the continuing overcrowding in St Lukes Acute Psychiatric Unit, in Kilkenny (where there were 50 patients in the 44 unit at the weekend) nurses there are escalating their industrial action (which has been in place since December last) to the next phase.

In both cases nurses have balloted overwhelmingly for action up to and including strike.

PNA Industrial Relations Officer, Michael Hayes said nurses were embarking on industrial action reluctantly, but have been left with no choice in order to protect service delivery to patients and ensure the safety of both clients and staff in services across Waterford and Kilkenny.

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  1. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN WATERFORD REGION BALLOT TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO OVERCROWDING AND STAFF SHORTAGES
  2. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES PROTEST IN WATERFORD AND KILKENNY OVER LACK OF SERVICES, UNDERSTAFFING AND OVERCROWDING
  3. LATEST HIQA ARAS ATTRACTA REPORT CONFIRMS EXTENT OF HSE FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT VITAL MANAGEMENT REFORMS
  4. PNA SAYS SEANAD REPORT HIGHLIGHTS AGAIN THE SERIOUS DEFICIENCIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO IMPLEMENT REPORT'S RECOMMENDATIONS
  5. UNACCEPTABLE FOR TWO ADULT ADMISSIONS TO SPEND THE NIGHT ON CHAIRS AT WATERFORD PSYCHIATRIC UNIT - PNA
  6. PNA DEMANDS HSE ACTION IN FOLLOW UP TO DAMNING REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  7. PNA DESCRIBES LONG AWAITED REVIEW OF ROSCOMMON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AS SHOCKING AND QUESTIONS ROLE OF MANAGEMENT IN IMPLEMENTATION OF REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
  8. PNA DEMANDS NURSING POSTS ARE FILLED URGENTLY TO ADDRESS SAFETY CONCERNS FOR STAFF AND PATIENTS AT KILKENNY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  9. PNA SAYS ATTEMPT BY MINISTER OF STATE JIM DALY TO BLAME UNIONS FOR LACK OF PROGRESS IN HEALTH REFORM AT ODDS WITH REALITY
  10. HSE FIGURES REVEAL UNACCEPTABLE SLOW PACE OF RECRUITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES THAT ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET GROWING DEMAND ACROSS ALL SERVICES
  11. MINSTER McENTEE MUST PROTECT CHILD AND ADOLESCENT SERVICES AFTER TALKS FAIL TO AVERT CLOSURE OF 11 CAMHS BEDS AT LINN DARA
  12. PNA CALLS ON MINISTER McENTEE TO INTERVENE TO PREVENT CLOSURE OF LINN DARA CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE BEDS
  13. STATEMENT FOLLOWING MEETING OF IRISH MEDICAL ORGANISATION, IRISH NURSES AND MIDWIVES ORGANISATION AND PSYCHIATRIC NURSES ASSOCIATION
  14. ADMISSION OF CHILD TO CHAIR IN ADULT PSYCHIATRIC UNIT UNACCEPTABLE AND HIGHLIGHTS CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SOUTH EAST- PNA
  15. DISCHARGE OF PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WITHOUT FULL FAMILY INVOLVEMENT RECKLESS AND IRRESPONSIBLE SAYS KAVANAGH
  16. NURSES AT ST. PATRICK'S HOSPITAL TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING DECISION TO CLOSE DEFINED BENEFIT PENSION SCHEME FROM JUNE
  17. MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES LOSE OUT AGAIN IN CONFUSION ON €35 MILLION BUDGET SPENDING COMMITMENT
  18. PNA SAYS RESTORATION OF 2011-2015 GRADUATE INCREMENT POSITIVE FOR EFFORTS TO RECRUIT AND RETAIN NURSING STAFF
  19. MINISTER FOR HEALTH ACCEPTS PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 GRADUATE NURSES IN MEETING FOLLOWING NURSES PROTEST
  20. PNA IN JOINT CAMPAIGN CALLING FOR END TO PAY ANOMALY FOR 2011-2015 NURSING GRADUATES
  21. ISSUE OF POSTS FOR 2016 PSYCHIATRIC NURSE GRADUATES IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN THE NORTH WEST RESOLVED
  22. PNA SETTLES DISPUTE AND LIFTS INDUSTRIAL ACTION AFTER AGREEMENT AT WORKPLACE RELATIONS COMMISSION
  23. Industrial Action Update No: 5
  24. Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP's)
  25. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO ESCALATE INDUSTRIAL ACTION FOLLOWING LACK OF CONCRETE PROPOSALS FROM HSE ON NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  26. PNA EXPRESSES ‘DEEP CONCERN’ AT REPORTS INTO GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE NMBI
  27. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES TO BEGIN INDUSTRIAL ACTION TOMORROW (29th June) ON STAFFING CRISIS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  28. 'VISION FOR CHANGE' STRATEGY HAS RESULTED IN REDUCED STAFFING, SERVICES AND INVESTMENT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES SAYS PNA
  29. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES VOTE TO COMMENCE INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON UNDERSTAFFING AND HSE INACTION ON NURSE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
  30. PNA SUSPENDS THREATENED INDUSTRIAL IN LAOIS/OFFALY MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  31. PNA TO BALLOT MEMBERS FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON STAFFING SHORTAGES THROUGHOUT THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  32. PSYCHIATRIC NURSES IN LAOIS OFFALY TO BALLOT ON INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON UNDERSTAFFING WITH 20% OF POSTS VACANT IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  33. PNA CALLS FOR REVERSAL OF DECISION TO DIVERT MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TO FILL DEFICIT IN HEALTH SPENDING
  34. NEW MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH TO TACKLE DYSFUNCTIONAL SERVICES AND CHAMPION MENTAL HEALTH MUST BE CENTRAL IN GOVERNMENT FORMATION
  35. PNA/RCSI STUDY FINDS 10 YEAR GOVERNMENT MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY NOT IMPLEMENTED AND TRANSFORMATION OF SERVICES NOT ACHIEVED
  36. PNA SAYS 1000 NEW NURSES NEEDED TO MAINTAIN CURRENT LEVELS OF STAFFING IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
  37. PNA SAYS MENTAL HEALTH COMMISSION REPORT ON CARLOW/KILKENNY/SOUTH TIPP MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES WELCOME BUT ISSUES REMAIN WITH REPORT RECOMMENDATIONS
  38. PNA WELCOMES ‘CONNECTING FOR LIFE' NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY
  39. PNA AND RCSI TO COLLABORATE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR PSYCHIATRIC NURSES
  40. Risk assessment is not clear cut
  41. Vision for Change