The national office bearers of Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) met with the representatives of the Forum for Professional Nurse Leaders at the DENOSA headquarters on Tuesday 19 March, to look at areas where both organisations could collaborate on.
The forum was formed in 1996 after Nurse Managers had expressed a need for a Forum that deal with and champion issues of nurse leadership in the industry through an alliance between the public and private sectors, with the aim of implementing solutions that will benefit nursing and promote the delivery of world-class healthcare.
DENOSA General Secretary, Thembeka Gwagwa, the meeting with the Forum was in line with DENOSA’s vision of uniting nurses in the country in pursuing service excellence.
“We are serious about collaborating with key stakeholders if we are to succeed as a nursing fraternity in meeting our objectives. The objective of providing quality healthcare can be realised if stakeholders in health work together,” said Gwagwa.
The meeting looked at the possibility of both organisations sharing events as a platform to echo nurse-related issues. For example, the Forum hosts bi-annual conferences while in-between those conferences they have workshops. DENOSA on the other side hosts its SA Nurses Conference biannually, and runs the Leadership For Change programme for nurse managers, and training workshops which capacitate nurses and leaders on the key challenges in their workplace.
“Collaboration on these will undo the silo mentality, whereby each organisation is having these programmes but does not take note of what other organisations within the nursing fraternity are doing, so that efforts can be combined for maximum benefit of the profession,” said Gwagwa.