DENOSA Gauteng disturbed by yesterday’s violent attack on nurses at Tembisa Hospital  ...

Media statement 
Friday, 31 July 2015
The Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOSA) Gauteng is extremely disturbed by the violent attack on two female nurses yesterday (Thursday) at Tembisa hospital by male relatives of a patient who was admitted at the facility and call for tough action against the perpetrators.  
We condemn with contempt the violent attack on nurses by these relatives deserves as there is no reason whatsoever to act in such a barbaric manner in a hospital environment. The attack also exposes lack of security at our facilities when health workers do their work, and the majority of whom are women. 
We welcome the arrest of these violent people and call on the law enforcement agencies to lock these dangerous people away. We are sick and tired of people who think they can just do as they please in hospitals and community health centre. It cannot be correct that our health workers must continue working under dangerous conditions. 
We call on the department of health not to interfere with the process of the law in anyway, as the matter is now with the police and must be closed at that level.
We call on the public to support health workers and protect them against any form of violence. The two female nurses have since been booked off duty for four days, thereby depriving community members at the facility of nurses who should be taking care of the vulnerable and sick patients. 
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Gauteng 
For more information call
Simphiwe Gada
Provincial Chairperson, 079 501 4869
Nyameka khumalo
Provincial deputy Chairperson, 079 501 5848

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DENOSA applauds nurses for further success in fighting HIV/AIDS ...

Media statement 
Thursday, 16 July 2015 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to particularly applaud nurses for their tireless work in the fight against HIV/AIDS which has resulted in SA recording a further massive decrease in new HIV infections as of end of 2014 as per the recent report from the Joint United National Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The report which was announced on Tuesday shows that the world exceeded the AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 nine months ahead of the deadline (2015), and that it is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. 
According to the report, the new HIV infections have fallen by 35% between 2000 and 2014 and AIDS-related deaths by 41% from 2005 to 2014. The global response to HIV has averted 30 million new HIV infections and nearly 8 million (7.8 million) AIDS-related deaths since 2000, when the MDGs were set. 
With South Africa accounting for no less than 25% of the world’s HIV/AIDS cases, DENOSA is proud that of the 15 000 people who are now on Anti-retroviral treatment (ART) worldwide, more than 3.1 million people are in South Africa, which is a 20.7% portion of people on ART and the largest in the world. From South Africa’s perspective, this progress has been showing an upward trajectory since 2010 when nurses, who are majority health professionals in the country’s health system, were trained on Nurse-Initiated Management of Antiretroviral Therapy (NIMART) to initiate patients on ART. 
Subsequent to South Africa’s efforts, the country has managed to turn around the decline in life expectancy among its people within a decade from 51 in 2005 to 61 by the end of 2014. AIDS-related deaths have declined by 58% in South Africa in the last five years. 
As DENOSA, we see this progress as the outcome of progressive attitude by government in empowering health professionals into achieving the outcomes that the country has managed to achieve.  Because of NIMART, which 23 000 nurses were trained on, the country has more than 3500 health facilities that administer ART. Capacity is posing to be the real challenge that will soon stand in the way of nurses achieving more health outcomes for the country.  
Nurses work under conditions that are characterised by a severe shortage of personnel. Filling in of vacant positions in government health facilities and training of more nurses on NIMART will also contribute positively to further increase of the country’s life expectancy as more patients will be initiated on ART. 
The challenge currently is that many nurses do not enjoy continuous professional development opportunities due to the shortage of nurses in the facilities where they work. Some even opt to resign from work first in order to further improve their skills, and re-apply.              
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Madithapo Masemola, DENOSA Acting General Secretary
Mobile: 082 551 6041  
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communications Manager 
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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Outcomes of the DENOSA Learner Movement meeting    ...

Media statement 
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa’s (DENOSA) National Learner Movement held its second National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting over the weekend from Saturday until Sunday at the DENOSA Head Office in Pretoria wherein it discussed and resolved on a number of pertinent issues regarding nursing education and practice in the country.
On challenges experienced by community service nurses 
The Learner Movement has noted with great sadness the recent developments in the manner in which community service nurses receive the thick end of the stick in various provincial departments, where their absorption into the health system has not been prioritised. 
In Free State, Community Service nurses are not being absorbed into the system, seven months after they should have been placed. In the main, the South Africa Nursing Council (SANC) and nursing colleges are the main reason behind this problem. Documents are submitted to SANC by March although exams are finished in November the previous year. 
The challenge at institutions is that the moderators finish marking the papers only when they have returned from holidays as they are only marked around January, February and March. Students have to sit at home for further six months before they get placed at institutions. 
The MEC of Health in Free State has shown sheer arrogance whenever this matter is raised with him and has long lost interest in entertaining it. As Learner Movement, we are running short of saying we are losing this battle as departments lack both political and administrative will to accommodate community service nurses according to the book. To prove lack of administrative will, departments are not collaborating with the Nursing Act as they don’t do proper HR planning for community service nurses to be placed on time.    
As proof of lack of political will, Free State Premier Ace Magashule announced in his budget speech in February this year that the province will import 100 nurses from Cuba who will be deployed at Free State’s primary health care facilities. This is despite the fact that the province has trained nurses with taxpayers’ money and some of the same nurses are now sitting at home without employment.  
Corruption is manifesting itself in a bad way with various departments of health in provinces. DENOSA National Learner Movement warns that this consistent move is against the agreement between student nurses and the provincial departments. 
What DNLM finds ironic is that there are students who are from Free State and doing nursing at some of the nursing colleges in KwaZulu-Natal at the expense of the Free State government while there are students who study at Free State institutions from Northern Cape and who get absorbed in Northern Cape health institutions. It is only Free State students that do not get absorbed into health facilities in the province, and their sitting at home becomes a wasteful expenditure, when they are needed at health centres throughout the province. DENOSA calls on Free State to get its house in order, administratively.   
In North West province, more than 250 community service nurses were notified that they must not come to work as of July because the Department does not have money to place them in health facilities. DENOSA has announced its intention to take a legal route against the Department in the province. As DNLM, we fully support this move. As the country is in short of professional nurses who are able to manage wards, and tends to produce more nurses of lower categories, to abandon community service nurses will only bring chaos to the country’s health facilities as queues will become longer and community outrage will increase. Community members are not aware of these different categories in nurses and see all nurses as equal, where their responsibilities differ. 
DENOSA National Learner Movement calls on the intervention of the National Department Health in provinces like Free State and North West where community service nurses are abandoned. 
On mushrooming of bogus nursing colleges 
The Learner Movement has also noted with great concern the mushrooming of bogus nursing colleges in provinces like Gauteng. This disadvantages students who only get surprised when they find out that there are not able to register with SANC after they have paid their monies to these institutions, because such institutions are not accredited by the country’s regulatory body for nursing, the South Africa Nursing Council (SANC).
The disadvantage of this tendency is that students who study at bogus nursing colleges are not allowed to practice as nurses in South Africa. Even if an institution is accredited by SANC, if programmes offered at such institution are not accredited by SANC, students will still not be allowed to practice as nurses in South Africa. 
The Learner Movement urges all current and potential student nurses to ensure that they check if the institution they intent to study at is registered with SANC. They can do this by checking it on the SANC website: or contact SANC call centre: 012 420 1000.     
On compromised security in many institutions  
The Learner Movement notes that compromised security in many health institutions and nursing colleges is a serious concern that must be addressed by authorities. Crucial equipment that assist student with their studies such as laptops and computers get stolen as a result of lack security. This typifies the lack of security at health institutions where health professionals get attacked while on duty. 
In provinces like Mpumalanga, where security personnel has been cut by about 50%, the safety of health professionals, student nurses and patients alike has become a matter of grave concern. 
We further call on our provincial structures to run with Positive Practice Environment campaign on safety and security that will strive for safety and security at the workplace and also at the residences. We resolved on developing a discussion document that will speak to our security needs both at the workplace and residence. 
On National Health Games
As part of inculcating a culture of fighting non-communicable diseases among health professionals, the Learner Movement will be hosting the National Health Games in December in Port Elizabeth where student nurses throughout the country will be taking part in the health games. We will be having community outreach campaigns in surrounding communities that will drive the message of healthy lifestyle. We will be having a fun walk as the organisation as well as other sporting codes that will primarily focus on health benefits. We will engage all relevant stakeholders to form part of the National Health Games. There will be a career exhibition conducted. 
On International Relations
We welcome the release of the Cuban Five and welcome their recent visit on our shores as it signifies the strengthening of relations between the two countries. However, we condemn the importing of labour as our people are deprived of opportunities and preference is given to imported labourers. We believe that South Africa has enough facilities to produce enough skilled young people. In this regard, we are strongly opposed to the intention by the Free State government to further import 100 nurses into the country.  
We will engage work with nursing unions from SADC countries to establish a student formation within the respective nursing organisations. We are disturbed by recent development in Lesotho and welcome the immediate intervention from SADC. We further call on the Swaziland monarchy to release all political prisoners. We believe that South Africa as well as African countries should withdraw from the ICC treaty as we can see that the ICC is targeting only African leaders. We further call for boycotting of Woolworths as it is importing goods from Israel which is perpetually oppressing the people of Palestine. Free Palestine.
Free Nursing Education Campaign 
We are calling for free nursing education across all levels of socio-economic strata. We believe that the state should be the only provider of nursing education across the country. We want the same treatment of student nurses in nursing colleges and universities. We call on the government to close all private nursing colleges as they are charging students exorbitant amounts. We note that some private nursing colleges are prohibiting students from becoming members of DENOSA, which is an unfair labour practice and a violation of constitutional rights of students. We are to have nationwide campaign on free nursing education. 
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa National Learner Movement (DNLM)
For more information, contact:
Tshepo Monoketsi, DENOSA National Learner Movement Chairperson
Mobile: 0795015808
Nkululeko Mapaila, DENOSA National Learner Movement Secretary
Mobile:  0784112856
Facebook: DENOSA National Page


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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