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Media statement 
Wednesday, 11 May 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
As International Nurses Day is celebrated annually around the world every 12th of May, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the pioneer of modern nursing, DENOSA in Northern Cape praises all nurses in the province for their continuing resilience.  
The International Council of Nurses (ICN), with more than 130 National Nursing Associations of which DENOSA is an affiliate and representing South Africa, declared that the day be celebrated and the month of May be declared as Nurses month.  The 2016 International Nurses Day theme, Nurses: A force for change: Improving health systems’ resilience.
Nurses make a significant contribution to developing and maintaining resilience in health systems.  We contribute to service development, supervise and develop other members of the team, work with and advocate for patients, the communities, and collect data and inform the development of evidence.  Nurses are known to be the backbone of the health system in South Africa and key role players in ensuring positive health outcomes. 
We take this time once more to honour the nurses of the Northern Cape for their resilience in ensuring continuity of health care to the population despite the circumstances they find themselves in.  DENOSA in the Northern Cape believes, by ensuring a Positive Practice Environment (PPE) that offers a safe and healthy workplace, opportunities for continuing education and professional development, appropriate remuneration, availability of essential equipment and supplies, appropriate workloads and attractive working conditions can contribute significantly in improving health systems’ resilience.  We call on communities to support and appreciate nurses in the job they are doing to ensure a healthy life for all and further call on Nurses to unite in pursuing service excellence.
For more information, contact: 
Martin Taolo
DENOSA Provincial Chairperson, Northern Cape 
Mobile: 079 501 5825