Nursing graduates honoured

2018-10-03 06:02
The Northern Cape Department of Health honoured 50 nursing students who graduated in different categories of nursing at the Tabernacle Hall on Friday (28/09).Photo: Supplied

The Northern Cape Department of Health honoured 50 nursing students who graduated in different categories of nursing at the Tabernacle Hall on Friday (28/09).Photo: Supplied

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As part of closing Public Service Month, the Northern Cape Department of Health honoured 50 nursing students graduating in different categories of nursing at the Tabernacle Hall on Friday (28/09).

The department promised to place the graduates in various facilities throughout the province for the duration of their community service and fulfilling their contractual obligations.

During the graduation and pledge of service, trophies were awarded to several graduates related to professional growth and leadership, academic growth and progress, and best in both theory and practical work.

MEC Fufe Makatong in her address committed to implementing the Nursing Strategy, as well as the mentoring, improving and developing of nurses at healthcare facilities and the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College.

“Part of my Thuma-Mina activities during this financial year is to open newly completed health facilities and filling health posts to improve service delivery, as well as the concerns of our staff,” said Makatong.

She said a total of 771 health facility assistants have been employed and distribu­ted throughout the province to ensure equity and to address areas where there have not been adequate staff.

“Also note that we are in the process of giving attention to the Henrietta Stockdale Nursing College to ensure that it meets the standards to be able to implement the new nursing programmes.

“We are not forgetting our mandate to expand the College’s satellites to increase the intake and the number of programmes offered,” she said.

Makatong said the department will assist with the esta­blishment of the Clinical Training Units and the strengthening of the Clinical Department at the Nursing College, employing 17 additional lecturers and clinical lecturers.

Makatong further called upon those unemployed and possessing nursing qualifications to approach the department for possible placement in the province.

“We are aware of the shortage of nurses and we are calling on graduates and nurses to approach us so that we can employ and place this critical skills in the areas needed,” she concluded.

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