Academic activities at Mmabatho College of Nursing are expected to resume
next week, following the reopening of the college by the North West Health

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
province and
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.

Unemployed individuals are being given the opportunity to sign up for nursing courses as the Gauteng Department of Health and Social Development aims to recruit applicants for the medical field.

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.

Retired Nurses in Gauteng are committed to returning to the healthcare industry after assuring the provincial Health and Social Development MEC, Ntombi Mekgwe, that they are 'retired but not tired'.

Departmental spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said the department had made progress in the "enormous task' of upgrading 100 000 nurses? salaries

More than 2000 nurses will be deployed to public health facilities next year, as part of their one-year community service


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