Following the successful commemoration of International Nurses? Day Helen
Joseph Hospital in Johannesburg, has dedicated the entire week to nurses
with a host of activities planned to take place at the hospital.
The skills acquired by 270 professional nurses will help the Gauteng Health department
to achieve its vision of producing a better health care workforce and enable the
nation to reduce the burden of HIV and TB, as more nurses will now administer ARVs.
The challenges facing the nursing profession, such as a lack of; training, resources,
professional ethos and ethics, positive practice environments and human resources
will be tackled through government?s latest skills development initiative.
Nurses who have received a very basic level of training are struggling to find employment despite the shortage of medical professionals. The Department of Health has urged nurses to upgrade their qualifications to become 'employable'.
The demand for medical professionals is drawing the attention of promising young
talent but what does a career in nursing entail? Taking care of the sick and terminally
ill requires a well-informed mind, a kind heart and a strong stomach.
69 nurses have graduated from the Mpumalanga Nursing College in Kabokweni, outside White River, along with 238 other nurses who had upgraded their qualifications and 49 newly qualified specialised as midwives. The new graduates will help address the nursing shortage in Mpumalanga.
The North West Health Department is to beef up its capacity with additional 100 nursing graduates to curb the shortage of health professionals in the province.
Health MEC Nomonde Rasmeni said the move would boost the health sector, particularly in remote areas, and also ensure the provision of adequate health service in the province.