DENOSA Limpopo to hold provincial 20 year celebration on 1 December in Polokwane...

     

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    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Limpopo will host the provincial 20 year celebration of DENOSA’s existence at Polokwane Royal Hotel on Thursday 1 December from 10h00 to 16h00, under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”. Nurses from the province will observe the day, which will also mark the commemoration of World Aids Day.   

    DENOSA Acting General Secretary, Oscar Phaka, will deliver the keynote address at the celebrations. Guests will also include the Department of Health in the province, COSATU Provincial Secretary, Gerald Twala, and leaders from the tripartite alliance in the province.   

    Members of the media are cordially invited to attend provincial celebration and report.

    As a background to the 20 year celebration, DENOSA was launched on 5 December 1996 at the Union Buildings. The first democratically-elected president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, officially launched the organisation. The national DENOSA 20 year celebration will be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 5 December 2016, where all nurses from all over the country will converge to celebrate the day. This year’s celebration is held under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”.

    Details of the event are as follows:    

    DATE: Thursday, 1 December 2016   

    VENUE: Polokwane Royal Hotel, Polokwane     

    TIME: 10h00 – 16h00  

    CONTACT PERSON: Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager. 079 875 2663

    Tel: 012 343 2315

    Email:sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

    BACKGROUNDER 

    In its 20 years of existence, the organisation has had many successes that are worth celebrating. These include:

    • - Spear-heading the formation of Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) as a regional body for nurses in the SADC region 

    • - Introduction of uniform allowance for nurses in 2005 at the bargaining council

    • - Campaigning for the establishment of a Chief Nursing Officer position within the Department of Health since 2006, and the subsequent appointment of the officer in 2014

    • - Establishment of DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI), to look at professional needs of nurses in the workplace 

    • - Concluding an agreement on Occupation-Specific Dispensation for nurses at the bargaining chamber in 2007, for proper adjustment of nurses’ salaries according to experience and specialty

    • - Concluding an agreement on Danger Allowance for nurses in psychiatric facilities  

    • - Concluding an agreement for professional nurses working in rural areas to receive rural allowance 

    • - Assisting nurses in the DRC to establish a nursing regulatory body in their country 

    • - Assisting the Zambian Nurses Organisation to become a nurses union 

    • - Ongoing case representation for its members 

    The organisation is still grappling with many challenges in the profession, which poses a threat in the delivery of quality healthcare to patients by nurses. Some of these challenges, which it continues to deal with head-on, include:

    • - Urgent need to review the Occupation-Specific Dispensation (OSD) and include nurses that were previously excluded in the current OSD regime 

    • - Establishment Nursing Directorates in all provinces, proper staffing of those and appointment of Chief Nursing Officers in provinces to spear-head nurse-related issues within health 

    • - Severe shortage of nurses, which result in burnout of nurses in the public sector facilities, which automatically lead to  negative attitude and compromised quality care 

    • - The overhaul of HR departments to address the ongoing challenge of non-absorption of community service nurses and post-community service nurses in provinces  

    • - Lack of safety of health workers in most facilities 

    • - Inclusion of lower category nurses in benefiting from Rural Allowance 

    • - Payment of Danger Allowance to nurses in units such as Casualty, TB, and nurses in Community Health Centres and clinics 

    • - Clear career-pathing for lower category nurses in the time of new nursing curriculum 

    • - Continuous Professional Development opportunities for all nurses in the workplace

    • - Proper reconfiguration of Performance Management Development System (PMDS) countrywide, or Staff Performance Management System (SPMS, as is called in Western Cape) to take into account staff shortages in health facilities and negative effect of this on performance of nurses 

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    DENOSA Gauteng to hold provincial 20 year celebration and award the best nurse in the province on 25 Novemb...

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    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Western Cape will host the provincial 20 year celebration of DENOSA’s existence at the Stone Haven on Vaal on Friday 25 November from 12h00 to 17h00, under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”.  

    Nurses from all regions in the province will convene in Vaal to assess the impact the organisation has made in the lives of nurses and challenges that still need to be confronted as a matter of urgency. Nurses will also congratulate the nurse who will win the provincial Marilyn Lahana Caring Award for 2016, a nurse that shown best selflessness and total dedication to patient care.

    The winner would have been voted for by patients, former patients, community members and fellow colleagues. The Marilyn Lahana Award is a DENOSA annual event that honours the best nurse in provinces and nationally, in collaboration with the Marilyn Lahana Trust. They are named after Marilyn Lahana, a nurse and the person in South Africa to be infected by Ebola when, while on duty, she took care of a patient from Gabon who was admitted at a Johannesburg hospital. She died a few days later on 24 November 1996.           

    Members of the media are cordially invited to attend provincial celebration and report.

    As a background to the 20 year celebration, DENOSA was launched on 5 December 1996 at the Union Buildings. The first democratically-elected president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, officially launched the organisation. The national DENOSA 20 year celebration will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 5 December, where all nurses from all over the country will converge to celebrate the day. This year’s celebration is held under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”.

     

    Details of the event are as follows:

    DATE: Friday, 25 November 2016

    VENUE:  Stone Haven on Vaal

    TIME: 12h00 – 17h00

    CONTACT PERSON: Simphiwe Gada, DENOSA Provincial Chairperson in Gauteng. 072 563 1923 

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    Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager: 079 875 2663

    BACKGROUNDER 

    In its 20 years of existence, the organisation has had many successes that are worth celebrating. These include:

    • Spear-heading the formation of Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) as a regional body for nurses in the SADC region 

    • Introduction of uniform allowance for nurses in 2005 at the bargaining council

    • Campaigning for the establishment of a Chief Nursing Officer position within the Department of Health since 2006, and the subsequent appointment of the officer in 2014

    • Establishment of DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI), to look at professional needs of nurses in the workplace 

    • Concluding an agreement on Occupation-Specific Dispensation for nurses at the bargaining chamber in 2007, for proper adjustment of nurses’ salaries according to experience and specialty

    • Concluding an agreement on Danger Allowance for nurses in psychiatric facilities  

    • Concluding an agreement for professional nurses working in rural areas to receive rural allowance 

    • Assisting nurses in the DRC to establish a nursing regulatory body in their country 

    • Assisting the Zambian Nurses Organisation to become a nurses union 

    • Ongoing case representation for its members 

    The organisation is still grappling with many challenges in the profession, which poses a threat in the delivery of quality healthcare to patients by nurses. Some of these challenges, which it continues to deal with head-on, include:

    • Urgent need to review the Occupation-Specific Dispensation (OSD) and include nurses that were previously excluded in the current OSD regime 

    • Establishment Nursing Directorates in all provinces, proper staffing of those and appointment of Chief Nursing Officers in provinces to spear-head nurse-related issues within health 

    • Severe shortage of nurses, which result in burnout of nurses in the public sector facilities, which automatically lead to  negative attitude and compromised quality care 

    • The overhaul of HR departments to address the ongoing challenge of non-absorption of community service nurses and post-community service nurses in provinces  

    • Lack of safety of health workers in most facilities 

    • Inclusion of lower category nurses in benefiting from Rural Allowance 

    • Payment of Danger Allowance to nurses in units such as Casualty, TB, and nurses in Community Health Centres and clinics 

    • Clear career-pathing for lower category nurses in the time of new nursing curriculum 

    • Continuous Professional Development opportunities for all nurses in the workplace

    • Proper reconfiguration of Performance Management Development System (PMDS) countrywide, or Staff Performance Management System (SPMS, as is called in Western Cape) to take into account staff shortages in health facilities and negative effect of this on performance of nurses 

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    DENOSA Mpumalanga to celebrate 20 years, honour the best nurse in the province on 25 November in Middelburg ...

     

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    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Mpumalanga will host the provincial 20 year celebration of DENOSA’s existence, honour the best nurse in the province with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award as well as award the best defender of workers in the workplace at an event that will be held at Hermansdal Landgoed Conference & Lodge in Middelburg in Mpumalanga on Friday 25 November from 10h00 to 16h00.

     

    Health MEC in Mpumalanga, Gillion Mashego, DENOSA General Secretary, Oscar Phaka, ANC provincial leadership, COSATU provincial leadership, SACP provincial leadership and CEOs of hospitals in the province will all attend the three-pronged event, which will also award the best nurse shop stewards in the province. 

     

    Members of the media are cordially invited to attend provincial celebration and report.

     

    The event will also honour the most dedicated and selfless nurse in the province which will be awarded with the Marilyn Lahana Caring Award. The award is named after Marilyn Lahana, a Johannesburg nurse whose work of selflessness and dedication led to her getting infected by Ebola virus while caring a patient who was transferred from Gabon in 1995. She later died in Hospital on 24 November 1995. A year later, the Marilyn Lahana Caring Awards were established in her honour. This marks 20 years since the awards have been ongoing.

     

    As a background to the 20 year celebration, DENOSA was launched on 5 December 1996 at the Union Buildings. The first democratically-elected president in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, officially launched the organisation. The national DENOSA 20 year celebration will be held at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on 5 December, where all nurses from all over the country will converge to celebrate the day. This year’s celebration is held under the theme: “Celebrating 20 years of unifying nurses”.

     

    Details of the event are as follows:

     

    DATE: Friday, 25 November 2016

     

    VENUE: Hermansdal Landgoed Conference & Lodge, in Middelburg (Old Witbank to Middelburg Road)

     

    TIME: 10h00 – 16h00

     

    CONTACT PERSON: Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager. 079 875 2663

     

    Tel: 012 343 2315

    Email: sibongisenid@denosa.org.za

     

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    National changes in nursing training: South African perspectives 2015...

    Dr. Respect Mondli Miya,(D.Lit et Phil)

    Senior Lecturer: Psychiatry at Durban University of Technology, Department of Nursing Science

     

    Nursing is a career of love rooted in rich and fertile soil governed by caring ideologies and philosophies. Individuals within the profession have strong and inexplicable desires to serve and preserve humanity at all cost. The nursing profession drives the health care system and is forever in the forefront of preventing, promoting and management of various diseases.  Nurses have always been there and have survived trials and tribulations. Nursing demands not only the brain for cognitive purposes but a humble heart, selflessness in daily duty execution. An individual without passion for the sick will never survive a minute of nursing’s demanding tasks.

    Nursing novices are professionally socialized and groomed on their first day of training. Noble traditions of nursing are gradually unpacked and monitored up to graduation to enhance relevance and dignity of nursing profession. Nursing demands the utmost respect for humanity even after death itself. Most professions have minimum set of working hours yet nursing philosophy calls and promotes dedication beyond duty. Nursing is a way of living not just mere qualification written on papers but lived and experienced charisma. 

    Historically, nursing was viewed as a religious vocation and was predominantly religious in nature which explains chapels, and meditation designated facilities utilized for prayers before commencing daily duties in old hospitals. Nursing training in South Africa before 1976 was hospital-based hence the notion of viewing nursing as a “hands-on” career has been accepted nationally and acknowledged by most prolific nursing scholars who remain sceptical to have nursing pitched at a degree level and offered in higher training of education in South Africa.   

    Such training exposed and subjected nurses to poor recognition as a career.  Nurses were abused and viewed as medical officers’ hand maids who were good for nothing but to offer a bed pan, bathing the sick, and carry orders as prescribed without being objective. The training at that time was strict and limiting, even the scope of practice was limited and nobody could imagine a degree in nursing or university based nursing teaching and learning. Hospitals mostly trained nurses in general nursing and later midwifery.

    Around 1987, nursing in South Africa was gradually introduced in tertiary education system and scope of practice and curriculum were amended. Nursing graduates were introduced to a 4-year degree obtaining general, psychiatry, midwifery and community health nursing. That made older nurses to feel bitter and never fully accepted university graduates as satisfactorily trained. Even medical officers were threatened and witness role change from nurses as hand maids into fully recognized members of the multidisciplinary health team with independent roles and functionality. These changes failed to bridge the gap of scope of practice and remuneration packages. Even to this date, the university and hospital trained nurses earn the same salary and follow same stream of training regulated by the same nursing Act 50 of 1978 as amended with specification stipulated in Regulation 425 (R.425).

    The nursing act 33 of 2005 introduced community service of one year post- training for both hospital- and university-trained individuals. Errors still exist within the nursing education such as same recognition of a hospital and university trained graduate have similar scope of practice, universities are allowed to implement R425 differently. For example, some South African universities train students for six months in midwifery while others dedicate two full years for midwifery and three years for community health nursing which is offered for six months in colleges and some universities. The problem in South Africa is that there is one R.425 and implemented differently from one university to the other.

    The current health ministry is proposing nursing training restructurization. In the proposal dated 23 July 2015, it recommends reintroduction of the old nursing training system with a hope of extending the nursing training duration and to phase out the R.425 of Act 50 (1978). The current proposal overlooks scope of practice and remuneration packages of such graduates irrespective of their qualification which is an error not even Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) could resolve in 2007. OSD failed to address issues of salaries in the nursing fraternity; an obvious error is that a nursing lecturer is graded as a nursing specialist.

    The unresolved question here is: Who teaches the other? And why do they earn same salary if the other is a teacher? Up to the very same date, the public health system continues to fail to distinguish university graduates from hospital nursing graduates yet continues to differentiate auxiliary social worker from a University graduate Social Worker, and experienced Medical Officer from a Master of Medicine graduate. Why not with nursing in South Africa? 

    The proposed training changes are as follows: general nursing and midwifery be done in a college over a period of four years without indicating whether that shall be Bachelor of nursing offered in a college which can never materialize as colleges do not offer degrees but universities do. If agreed upon, this will mean degrading the dignity of nursing as a profession over medicine which continues to be offered in the university without interruptions.

    According to the proposed plan, nursing training is extended to 9 years (four year of midwifery and general, 18 months of psychiatry and one year of community health) which is unnecessary waste of time for an undergraduate qualification yet medicines years of training have been reduced to 5 years (MBCHB).

     

    There is absolutely no need for such drastic changes in the nursing education.  It is alarming to witness MBCHB years of training have been reduced to five years and get paid a satisfactory remuneration package compared to Bachelor of Nursing graduates with stagnant remuneration. The introduction of Masters Degree in Medicines in South Africa is preparing sound clinical researchers and such projects (thesis and dissertations) are evaluated by nursing professors who in turn receive less recognition and degrading salaries compared to MMed graduates.

    The South African health system requires the following:

    1.     Strong and vocal task team of nursing professors who shall preserve the image and dignity of nursing as a profession and strongly oppose plans to change nursing training.

    2.     No college shall be allowed to offer a bachelor of nursing, strictly universities only.

    3.     Salary packages to be reviewed and sort clear distinction of a university graduate over a hospital trained graduate.

    4.     Revised scope of practice, degree holders be given more opportunity to execute complex clinical procedures and be given better remuneration packages.

    5.     Chief Nursing Officer to be more vocal and avoid external influences to disorganise nursing training.

    6.     Hospitals to create portfolios and acceptable remuneration packages for all nursing qualifications from a diploma to PHD level.

    7.     All South African universities to adopt and implement similar training structure  that is two years of midwifery, two years of psychiatry and two years of community health nursing

    8.     Develop a Nursing Ministry by nurses with nurses and for nurses.

    9.     MBCHB degree be afforded same status as B.Cur degree thereafter if need be.

    10.  South African nursing council to be headed by prolific PHD holders and nursing qualifications be regulated and registered up to PHD level.

    11.  Any qualification obtained outside university be regarded as either associate professional nurse and associated medical office until related exam has been endorsed by the regulating body.

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    WHY DO WE SAY NURSING IS A CALLING? ...

     
    We are professionals, and let us fight to be recognised as such… 
    Vuyolwethu Mashamayite - 20150728_073623
    By Vuyolwethu Mashamaite 
    Ever since I joined nursing in 2005 I have heard nurses say nursing is a ‘calling’ and it's not about money. I couldn't understand why they said so and I still don't.   
    I believe that everyone is called by God to be in the profession or job they are doing, unless nurses consider themselves in the same umbrella as ‘Sangomas’ and ‘Preachers’. Those are the people who will leave their profession or jobs and focus on their calling or do both, regardless of whether they are paid or not. 
    Perhaps this could be the reason why nurses are under-paid and left to work in extreme unfavourablecircumstances ...because it’s a "Calling".
    Don't get me wrong; I have passion and great respect for human life as a nurse. But I cannot keep quiet. Nurses are the most abused professionals by the employer because they consider themselves "called" instead of being employed professionals.
    Nurses you are jack of all trades doing everyone's jobs from a cleaner to a doctor but come pay day you are the ones who cry the most because you are underpaid while doing everyone's jobs. I guess it's the consequences of having been “called" instead of being professional.
    We feel so comfortable working out of our scope of practice to an extent that we run a risk of performing tasks that we are not equipped to do. When told it's not your scope of practice you tell us of how long you've been doing this and you didn't kill anyone. But the South African Nursing Counci (SANC) is out there nailing nurses and not considering your "calling" but rather your profession and scope of practice.
    What hurts the most is the fact that you studied for four years and someone from another discipline who studied the same years is treated and paid better than you. I guess they are professionals and you are in a "calling". 
    Nurses, let's STOP hiding behind "CALLING" and start taking our profession seriously. If you don't do it, no one will do it for you. Like it or not we are professionals and let us fight to be recognised as such. 
    Vuyolwethu is a nurse based in Kimberley, Northern Cape   
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    10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT...

    10 REASONS WHY NURSES DESERVE 100% SALARY INCREMENT:

    From Ntandane Nyebe, a nurse in Cape Town. 

    As the backbone of any healthcare system in the world, it is my honest opinion that nurses deserve proper compensation for the hard work they put in in improving the health of South Africans. After all, nurses are the proverbial Alpha and Omega. The following 10 points are the reasons.    

    1. We are short staffed- one person does a work that should have been done by 4 people.

    2. We have gone through formal education, we have got degrees etc, we are accountable to a nurses' board, we got to be paid decent salaries like Pharmacists and doctors- YES.

    3. The health institutions do not have enough of the unskilled workers e.g. porters and cleaners- Nurses are then forced to work as unkilled workers-on top of their scope of practice, when the need arises.

    4. There are many instances where doctors go & do shopping at the malls when they are on call, or simply some institutions have shortage of doctors- when an emergency situation arises- a nurse does a work that was supposed to be done by the doctor to save the client. Same case when there no social workers- nurses must run around doing what was supposed to be done by a social worker.

    5. We do a risky job - I've heard of many nurses & docs who died from contagious diseases- especially trauma staff.

    6. The governing party admitted in 2011 that there is a dire shortage of nurses in SA, which means nursing is a scarce skill in SA and the last time I checked professionals with scarce skills were getting paid higher salaries in SA.

    7. We work under bad conditions- institutions with no proper security, lack of proper equipment etc. But we always try and do our best to improvise for the benefit of the clients.

    8. Nurses who go & work overseas they don't go there just for fun or to experience different culture- they leave because they feel they are being overlooked by Government in terms of salary- meanwhile SA loses specialised nurses with experience - Government who cares about its people would try and keep nurses by raising salaries.

    9. We deserve better. Our Government can afford to increase our salaries by 100%. There is money in SA- we have seen structural developments in SA & they have been built by companies who have been paid millions and billions.

    10. ANC Government promised to increase salary of Nurses when they were in Mangaung in 2012/13. 

    I Thank You
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    The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in its current form was established on 5 December 1996.

    The organisation was formed through political consensus after the transition to democracy and was mandated by its membership to represent them and unite the nursing profession. Prior to this, the South African Nursing Council (SANC) and the South African Nurses Association (SANA) were statutory bodies which all nurses had to join. It was also important after the transition to democracy to incorp... Read more