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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DENOSA Northern Cape embarks on TB Awareness campaign and hands over 200 stethoscopes for nurses at primary h...

Press Release 
Monday, 24 August 2015 
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The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in the Northern Cape embarked on a Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness campaign in the Pixley Ka Seme District as the National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot site of Northern Cape on Friday 21 August in Barcelona in Der Aar where it also handed over 200 stethoscopes for nurses in primary health around the district.   
Stethoscope is a medical device used by health professionals to listen to the action and sound of a human body like lungs, intestines, heart and blood flow in arteries and veins. The devices will be used for diagnostic purposes by nurses functioning at the Primary Health Care level.  
The organisation worked closely with officials from the Department of Health in the District during this awareness.  About 90 households were visited and educated on TB, the importance of getting tested, support for those diagnosed with TB and the importance of adherence to medication and basic Infection and Prevention Principles.  Information pamphlets and playing cards with health information like TB, Male Circumcision and HIV/AIDS were also given to households.  
DENOSA Provincial Chairperson, Kagisho Martin Taolo, says the response from households was very positive and the willingness to visit health facilities to be examined for TB was also expressed by these families.  He expressed DENOSA’s concerns around the statistics of TB in some areas of the province and say they will continue to play an active role in educating communities about communicable and non-communicable diseases.  “We salute the nurses and care givers for their efforts in trying to bring down the statistics of TB in the province,” he said.  
Handing over the 200 stethoscopes to the Department of Health in the NHI pilot district in the province was the second part of the programme on the day. “As a nursing organisation, we fully support the realisation of the NHI in the province, specifically in the Pixley Ka Seme as a pilot site.  The critical element in the success of NHI is availability of resources for health workers to utilise and improve patients’ lives. We handed over these devices to the representative of the Department of Health, Ms Rachel Mosimanewapula a member of the District Clinical Specialist Team (primary healthcare nurses) in the district.”
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Northern Cape
For more information, contact:
Kagisho Martin Taolo, DENOSA Provincial Chairperson
Mobile: 079 501 5825  
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 

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DENOSA wishes Health Minister a speedy recovery...

Media statement 
Monday, 24 August 2015  
On behalf of nurses in South Africa, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) wishes the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, a speedy recovery following his admission at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria yesterday. 
DENOSA further commends the minister for his consistent use of the public facility for his own health. This sends a message of his strong commitment to the improvement of health service for all South Africans.
We are still of the view that the Minister Motsoaledi is one of the tireless and hardworking ministers in the cabinet who gives his all in ensuring improvement of health in the country. 
Our last encounter with him as DENOSA was on 14 July at the African Health Profession Regulatory Collaborative for Nurses and Midwives (ARC) meeting in Kempton Park where he addressed the meeting of nurse leaders from most African countries. 
In the meeting, he applauded local nurses and midwives for the role they continue to play in the country’s quality health system, albeit under trying conditions, where nurses are always expected to do the impossible and become everything in many health facilities.      
We further send best wishes to the whole Cabinet, the Health Ministry as well as his family. 
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 Communications Manager 
Mobile: 079 875 2663
Facebook: DENOSA National Page 
Twitter: @DENOSAORG  

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We are professionals, and let us fight to be recognised as such… 
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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