NURSES at Mount Beauty, Myrtleford and Bright fear their jobs are at risk.
They said “major changes” Alpine Health is considering to its nursing structures could leave some out of work.
More than 35 nurses from the hospitals at the three towns, met union representatives this week to discuss their concerns.
The North East’s Australian Nursing Federation representative Allison Kairns met the nurses on Wednesday and Thursday at the hospitals.
Ms Kairns said Alpine Health had proposed “major changes” to nursing structures at the hospitals and that had sparked fears that jobs were on the line.
“I am aware that enrolled nurses believe their positions are going to go,” Ms Kairns said yesterday.
“I have raised that fear with Alpine Health.
She said Alpine Health officials had assured her all contracts would be “honoured”.
“I don’t think Alpine Health has thought through what the consequences are,” she said.
It will mean people are unhappy in their workplace.
One of the major changes would force nurse managers back on to the floor.
“They’re proposing that nurse managers do more clinical time rather than management time,” she said.
“That will have a cascading effect on upper and lower staffing levels.”
“Change how one group of staff has to work and that has effects on the other one.”
Ms Kairns said she was still waiting for more information from Alpine Health about the extent of the proposed changes.
“I’ve been assured I will have further information by the end of next week,” she said.
She said she could not go into further detail until then.
“I do have some concerns but I think we’ll be able to overcome them,” she said.
“I think we’ll be able to come to an agreement.”
Calls to Alpine Health’s chief executive during the past two days were not returned.
Ms Kairns said she expected on-going negotiations that would continue into next month.