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Wednesday, 27 January 2016
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) encourages all practicing nurses, managers, leaders and nursing academics in the country to attend the upcoming 3rd South African Nurses’ Conference to be held at Birchwood Hotel in Benoni from 24 to 26 February 2016, under the theme: “Together we can strengthen nursing theory and the practice landscape.”
The conference will provide an ample opportunity to all those in the nursing profession to present their academic abstracts on subject matters that aim to address health-related challenges, and share their varied experiences of the facility conditions which prevents them from becoming ideal facilities that serve communities optimally.
The conference will host discussions under five tracks, namely:
Advancing a Holistic Nursing Practice
Investingin Nursing: The Human Capital in health
Contemporary Nursing Issues
The Threshing floor: Teaching and Learning
Students voice as the rising nurse leaders
Hosted bi-annually by DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI), which looks at the professional development of nurses in the country, this year’s conference is held under an environment where nurses and health practitioners experience severe staff shortages, improper space and environment for student nurses at clinical settings. The conference will also look at nursing education and its developments, with a presentation on the transition of nursing to higher education by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).
Evaluating comprehensive and holistic nursing practice and how it can be enhanced further will take centre stage at the conference, says DENOSA Acting General Secretary, Madithapo Masemola.
“This is one of the rare opportunities for nurse practitioners, managers, leaders and academics to gather under one roof to thrash out grey areas that take back the profession. As this opportunity comes once every two years, we urge all those in the nursing profession to be part of it,” she says.
The conference set-up is such that on the first day in the main hall, nurses directly pose questions to the relevant departments who often represented by ministers. Nurses are able to get this feedback and provide to their subordinates in clinical settings and different institutions they are based at.
“Nurses in the country are still committed to the course of healing the nation, and any comprehensive and holistic method that enriches this is most welcome for the conference to welcome and endorse if possible. But the reality is that challenges in the facilities overshadow this commitment which are not visible in the face of community members and patients. Maybe as the profession we are not talking about them and sharing them with community members enough. This conference aims to do just that,” adds Masemola.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
For more information, contact:
Madithapo Masemola, DENOSA Acting General Secretary
Mobile: 079 875 2663
Wanda Mlotshwa, Head of DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI)
Mobile: 083 938 4942
Facebook: DENOSA National Page
DENOSA Provincial Learner Movement Free State disturbed by Delaying of nurses from doing Community Service...
7th January 2015
The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa Provincial Learner Movement (DENOSA PLM) in Free State is sad to report that once again the Free State Department of Health (FSDOH) has delayed students who have just completed their studies from doing their community service until they appear on the E-register of South African Nursing Council (SANC) showing that they are registered as Community Service Professional Nurses.
Community service for students who have completed their 4 years programme Diploma in General Nursing (Psychiatry, Community Nursing and midwifery) is a prerequisite of the Department of Health for a student to be registered as a Nursing Practitioner and it has to be done for a year. Community Service is included in the Nursing act 33 of 2005. According to the Act, one must just be registered with the South African Nursing Council (SANC) in order to do Community Service which can be proven by a receipt from SANC, which is what is happening in 8 provinces in South Africa.
There is a huge shortage of nurses particularly in the Free State where we have seen the mortality rate increase due to this shortage, yet there is an output of about 150 professional nurses that are trained using the tax payers’ money but they are not able to serve communities because the department has decided to delay these students from doing their community service.
Before 2013, the Free State Department of Health did not delay students from doing community service because of certificates from South African Nursing Council. This problem started in 2013 where students were told that they are not going to do their community service until they receive their certificates from SANC. This instruction was contained in Circular 57 of 2013. This was however reversed by Circular 2 of 2014 and students were able to do their community service but those who completed their studies in June 2014 were delayed by the department citing that they must be possession of certificates.
In 2015 the FSDOH amended their circular stating that students must just appear on the E-register of SANC, which is still the same as having a certificate in hand.
ON SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL (SANC)
The Free State Department of Health however knows that SANC is very slow in processing the documents sent to it by different Nursing Education institutions. SANC always undertakes that students will receive their certificates between 6-8 weeks but we have seen that this is not practised. It usually takes up to 6 months before students can receive their certificates, meaning that no Community Service Professional Nurse will be able to serve the Free State community without a certificate from SANC.
As DENOSA Students' Movement in Free State we say that SANC must be decentralised because its centralisation has proved to be ineffective in providing services to the nurses in South Africa. SANC must establish provincial offices in order to provide effective and efficient services to Nursing and communities.
ON SUPPORT TO COMMUNITY SERVICE PROFESSIONAL NURSES
In conclusion, an injury to one nurse is an injury to all nurses and community members who need health service urgently. We will never allow to be victimised by people who do not seem to realise the importance of nurses in our communities.
Issued by DENOSA Provincial Learner Movement in Free State
For more information, contact:
GIFT MNYAMANE, DENOSA Provincial Learner Movement Secretary
Mobile: 083 567 1556
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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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.
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