NURSES will stop filling out non- clinical paperwork today as industrial action ramps up.
Australian Nursing Federation state secretary Neroli Ellis said the non-clinical paperwork ban was a way to escalate action already in place, which includes nurses claiming meal breaks, overtime and other entitlements.
"We do a lot of paperwork that is clinical in nature and not related to patient care, so that will put a ban on things like Medicare slips, admission discharge and the patient administration system," Mrs Ellis said.
She said it would not affect patients.
"In fact it will mean nurses will have more time for patient care," Mrs Ellis said.
Nurses and midwives across the state began industrial action last week after failing to reach an agreement on working conditions with the state government.
Nurses have accepted the government's 2 per cent pay rise offer, but are pursuing industrial action to advocate for a "safe skill mix".
Mrs Ellis said there were a number of situations where base- grade nurses were in charge of wards, which was untenable for patient safety.
"We need to have an outcome and the government needs to start listening to nurses," she said.
Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne said last week the government was limited with the amount of money it could access, but wanted to ensure nurses were provided good working conditions.
Another meeting will be held on Thursday.