As an organisation for nurses, DENOSA feels it has made many calls to provincial governments to absorb qualified nurses to work at facilities where their service is greatly needed.
The severe shortage of nurses in the country’s health facilities is a matter that cripples the health system. Moreover, the few nurses in facilities suffer huge burnout as most are often forced by circumstances to work overtime, which most of them don’t get paid until few months down the line. Hundreds of fully qualified nurses in Free State, which is faced with many problems and could do with more nurses, are staying at home without jobs. They have been enrolled by the provincial government to do nursing for a four-year period. Upon finishing their community service, they are not employed because there was no HR Planning and proper budgeting for them to get employed. This while their service is greatly needed by health facilities across the province.
Unemployed nurses in that province have had to resort to the most embarrassing form of job-hunting – by standing at traffic intersections begging for jobs, on a campaign termed #HireANurse
DENOSA feels there is no political and administration will to hire these nurses, while communities are suffering with illnesses that need trained health workers. All the calls we have made for absorption of nurses and newly-qualified nurses throughout the years have fell on deaf ears.