A new 12-month wage agreement has been signed between the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the state government.
ANMF branch secretary Emily Shepherd said the union made the decision to register an agreement that passes on the 2.35 per cent wage increase immediately, with work still to be done on the conditions side of the deal over the coming weeks.
"The ANMF did not want to delay wages raises, back pay and one-off payments to members while the technicalities of other conditions are worked through," Ms Shepherd said.
"We expect the conditions secured will be added to this agreement in the near future."
Ms Shepherd said the extra conditions would provide nurses and midwives with greater access to permanent positions as they move through the career structure.
"Those conditions [include] the implementation of clinical facilitators, to support less experienced staff and more graduate nurses into the workforce, and also more permanent positions ... for those wishing to progress in their career," she said.
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Registered nurse and ANMF delegate Gracie Patten said the new agreement showed the government was taking a step forward and showing it valued nurses.
"It's been really tough for us. You know at the end of industrial action it's the patient that could be suffering," Ms Patten said.
"It really plays on nurses' heartstrings because our number one priority is patient safety."
Ms Patten said, although it has taken some time to get here, she was really impressed with the offer the government was now making.
"I'm hoping that the change in Health Minister will demonstrate they are willing to listen," she said.
Ms Shepherd said the union was feeling more positive about negotiating a longer term agreement going forward.
"Some of the key priorities in the upcoming round are certainly in relation to workload and looking at how we can better support our nurses and midwifes and make sure we can retain our [professionals]," Ms Shepherd said.