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Case Win: Overturning Misconduct Accusations for Nurses

How NPAA Supports Nurses with Public Sector Appeals

Recently, a nurse named Julia, a dedicated member of the Nurses Professional Association of Australia (NPAA) Queensland branch, found herself at the centre of an unfortunate situation when she was accused of misconduct.

The Allegations:

Julia's ordeal began when she was accused of misconduct, leading to the imposition of a reprimand on her professional record. Faced with the potential damage to her career and reputation, Julia reached out to NPAA for assistance in navigating the complex process ahead.

NPAA Intervention:

NPAA promptly assigned a case manager to Julia's case, the case manager diligently reviewed all the details of Julia's case, working closely with her to understand the intricacies of the situation.

Filing a Public Sector Agreement (PSA):

Recognising the need for a strategic approach, Julia and her case manager decided to file a Public Sector Agreement (PSA) on her behalf. The PSA argued that extenuating circumstances surrounding the alleged misconduct were not adequately considered during the initial proceedings.

Successful Outcome:

The NPAA case manager's dedication and expertise played a pivotal role in securing a positive outcome for Julia. After a thorough review, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) acknowledged the extenuating circumstances presented in the PSA. As a result, the reprimand imposed on Julia was removed, and no record of disciplinary action was retained. Instead, a warning was issued, allowing Julia to continue her nursing career without the stain of misconduct on her professional record.

For Protection without the Politics (and fees that won’t raise your blood pressure), nurses & midwives can join the NPAA.

How is the NPAA so effective in defending members during workplace issues and disputes? Our experienced and professional case managers use our unique RED™ case resolution system.

Why is the NPAA different? We believe that real change in healthcare STARTS with empowering frontline nurses, not bureaucrats. 

If you are a member of NPAA and need assistance with a workplace issue, please submit a member support ticket on your dashboard, or contact us at 1300 263 374 - hotline@npaa.asn.au

To find out more about NPAA and become protected today visit: npaa.redunion.com.au/join