Brown Bag Lunch Seminar
Nursing Education, Training and Practice Task Team member and a retired nurse, Catherine Mokgatle-Makwakwa, with DENOSA president Dorothy Matebeni after the guest’s presentation at the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar held at DENOSA head office in Pretoria.
NURSING, as a profession, may be riddled with many challenges in recent years which had a great effect on its image, but it remains a noble profession and the recently launched nursing strategy will go a long way in restoring its, which is why it’s important for all stakeholders in nursing to unite and ensure its successful implementation.
This was the message from Catherine Mokgatle-Makwakwa, a retired nurse and a member of Nursing Education, Training and Practice Task Team appointed by Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to implement the recommendations of the Nursing Strategy in the country.
She was addressing health professionals during the Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, a monthly seminar organised by DENOSA Professional Institute, at the DENOSA’s head office in Pretoria on Friday 5 April, where members of DENOSA National Executive Committee (NEC) were present. She was presenting and explaining the recommendations, which she believes is a breakthrough in unleashing the real potential of nursing.
“We also had challenges as nurses ourselves during our era, and it is important to acknowledge the challenges you have,” she said. “And nursing profession has been fighting for autonomy for many years.”
According to her, it is long overdue that SANC and DENOSA work together. In the Nursing Strategy, recommendations on Nursing Education, Training and Practice are vast and all-encompassing.
With the general population of nurse educators getting thinner, for example, the strategy recommends that SANC should prioritise Continuous Professional Development (CPD) for nurse educators, and that there should be a dedicated funding for nurse educators.
The recommendations emphasize the importance of their teaching and learning methodologies for an effective and seamless transfer of knowledge to students by increasing practical component and decreasing distance learning. “The problem with distance learning is that it removes students from the clinical area.
It promotes the establishment of managers’ forums as platforms of information- and experience -sharing among managers. “This is a real programme for support. If this is benefiting nursing, let there be funding made available for it,” she said.
With regards to leadership, regulation and policy, it is recommended that annual performance management contracts be instituted in the workplace, and that there should be a review of the promotion and the effectiveness of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) as well as its composition.
Strategic Priority 5 deals with the Positive Practice Environments (PPE), where it is recommended among other things that a policy on staffing ratios should be developed and that SANC should be revitalised.
In thanking her for her presentation to the nurses, DENOSA president, Dorothy Matebeni, said retired nurses can play a key mentoring role in times like these. “With retired nurses there is a lot that we could still learn,” she said.
For more information about the recommendations, follow this link