Nursing organisations in SADC called to unite and raise their voice on many health and development challenges ...

Media Statement
Monday, 31 August 2015 
The Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) has called on nursing organisations in the Southern Development Community (SADC) to unite and raise their voice and to monitor and evaluate current health strategies in the region in the face of many health challenges under the context of the world's focus beyond Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agenda towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) whose success is largely dependent on the full capacity and empowerment of the health workforce.   
This call was made at the two-day SANNAM 12th Network Meeting by chairperson of SANNAM, Bheki Mamba, at DENOSA head office in Pretoria. The meeting took place between Friday and Saturday and comprised of nursing associations from the 15 SADC countries, which was doing a deep introspection on the sustainability of the Network and its impact in the region.   
The SDGs, which will be ushered to the globe end of September 2015, are goals that chart a roadmap to achieve dignity in the next 15 years by proposing one universal and transformative agenda for the sustainable development, underpinned by 17 development goals rights, and with people and the planet at the centre. These goals are integrated and summarised into set of six essential elements to frame and reinforce the sustainable development agenda and ensure that the ambition and vision is delivered at the country level. The six essential elements are: 
1) Dignity: to end poverty and fight inequality; 
2) People: to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children; 
3) Prosperity: to grow a strong, inclusive and transformative economy;
4) Planet: to protect our ecosystems for all societies and our children;
5) Justice: to promote safe and peaceful societies and strong institutions; 
6) Partnership: to catalyse global solidarity for sustainable development.   
SANNAM conscientised all nursing organisations at the meeting that the delivery of each of the SDGs, especially wellness- and health-related ones, are highly dependent on the empowerment of the health workforce in each country.    
As the new sustainable goals are ready for implementation, which will reign the global developmental agenda until 2030, the Network critically evaluated its current status and readiness to implement the goals and came up with the following way forward at six levels:
-       Nursing organisations to strengthen stakeholders engagements plan with political leadership and parliamentarians in different countries on policy gaps that need to be addressed on health matters in line with the Sustainable Development Goals; 
-       To encourage nurse leaders in all SADC countries to come closer to the profession and not dissociate from it, and impart knowledge; 
-       To make use of SADC protocols on health to address; 
-       Lobby for address of lower salary structures for nurses in many countries; 
-       To address rising levels of nurse unemployment in the region; 
-       To make use of SANNAM to raise the issue of power outages and how it affect functionality of hospitals;
-       Encourage nursing organisations in SADC to make use of social media to raise awareness about Sustainable Development Goals; and  
-       To develop impact assessment and monitoring mechanisms for SANNAM activities     
SANNAM stressed its mission and commitment to the professional and socio-economic welfare of its members and addressing critical healthcare challenges within the SADC region through networking, partnerships and capacity building. 
Issued by Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) 
For more information, contact:
Bheki Mamba, SANNAM Chairperson
Mobile: 0026 8761 24086 (based in Swaziland) 
Twitter: @Africa_one

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DENOSA congratulates its founding president for being honoured as a Living Legend by City of eThekwini ...

Media Statement  
Monday, 31 August 2015  
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) is humbled by the honour bestowed on our founding President, Professor Philda Nzimande, who was honoured by the City of eThekwini as one of the Living Legends on Saturday evening, under the category of human rights.  
Professor Nzimande is one of the nurse leaders who worked tirelessly and crisscrossed the country during the dark days of apartheid in consulting former homelands nursing associations about the bigger goal of forming a democratic nursing organisation that would be a representative of the aspirations of all nurses in the country. This tireless work led to the formation of DENOSA in December 1996, with her elected as its first president. 
She has achieved many accolades as a dedicated leader to humanity, and being honoured for her work by the City of her birth is more special as it is where she rose into a national leader that she become at a later stage.  
DENOSA is honoured to have had Professor Nzimande as our leader, and the accolade couldn’t have been granted to a more deserving person than her. 
We congratulate her, and wish her good health and longevity as she remains a pride of DENOSA as the organisation. 
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Simon Hlungwani, DENOSA President
Mobile: 079 501 4922 
Sibongiseni Delihlazo, DENOSA Communication Manager
Mobile: 079 875 2663 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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DENOSA Limpopo concerned that lax security renders 24-hour health facilities soft targets for muggings   ...

Media Statement
Sunday, 23 August 2015 
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in Limpopo is concerned about compromised safety of nurses in the Public Health Centres (PHCs) following two recent incidents in clinics where security officers were attacked and robbed of their firearms, two communication radios and cellphones while on night duty. 
We call on provincial department of health to tighten up security at the PHCs throughout the province for the safety of patients and health workers.    
The first attack took place on the 11th of August at Makgato Clinic in the Capricorn District where two security officers were attacked and robbed of a firearm, two way radio and two cellphones.
The latest incident occurred six days later on the 17th at around midnight at Julisburg Health Centre in the Mopani District where two security officers were attacked and robbed of their firearms, two way radios, two cellphones. The perpetrators locked the gate of the facility and took the keys. Nurses had to jump the fence to get out of the clinic. 
These two incidents have the same modus operandi although they took place in two different districts, which gives the impression that it will keep on going in facilities where security is compromised. 
DENOSA Limpopo is worried about the safety of nurses in the facilities which render 24 hours service and appeals to the Department of Health to beef up security in the Clinics, particularly in Mopani District where nurses were attacked and other two at Ga-Sekgopo and Nkoankoa Health Centre.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Limpopo 
For more information, contact:
Jacob Molepo, DENOSA Provincial Organiser in Limpopo
Mobile: 082 410 5567 
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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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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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