Don’t complain, do something about it, nurses told

2013-10-21 00:00

INSTEAD of complaining, those in the nursing profession should rather be doing something about it.

This plea came from Thembeka Gwagwa, the general secretary of the Democratic Nursing Association of South Africa (Denosa), after the second Nurses Conference held in Durban last week.

“The turn-out of nurses from KwaZulu-Natal for the conference was astounding,” Gwagwa said.

Nurses from around South Africa gathered at the Durban ICC to discuss the challenges within the nursing profession.

Gwagwa said various issues were touched upon and many recommendations given.

The three-day conference saw over 1 000 nurses joining to deliberate on relevant themes. These included the current practice environment, nursing education and training, policy and research innovation, leadership and professional development.

“One thing that I was able to take away from this life-changing conference is that we all need to work together and unite in order for us to overcome challenges that this profession faces. Instead of complaining we have to do something about it,” said Gwagwa.

“A challenge we face is the training of nurses and education. We lack in theory as well as practice and it was recommended to put more effort into this.”

Gwagwa said the conference agreed on the need to assist nurses in developing their professional skills.

“We have come to a resolution regarding education and the conditions in which we work. By developing the professional skills of nurses, we are able to work on the other existing challenges. It all comes down to nurses working together.”

Keynote speakers at the conference included Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu.

The nurses pledged to work diligently and collectively through collaboration and partnership with government, healthcare organisations, communities and the private sector at all levels as a way to strengthen the future of nursing and midwifery.

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