RNs - South Africa

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SA nurses warned of 'dodgy' recruiters

Zama Feni, Cape Argus, July 13, 2006

Nurses should be wary of hastily accepting job offers abroad, as a promise of "greener pastures" could just as easily turn into a regrettable experience, the Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) has warned.

The organisation said yesterday the massive exodus of skilled health care workers looking for better incentives in the health services abroad had for years been a very serious problem facing the country's health sector.

[S]ome health care workers had fallen prey to dodgy recruitment agencies and flown to unknown territories abroad without first verifying information given to them. ... SA

SA nurses returning from UK jobs

Donwald Pressly, Business Report, June 7, 2006.

Johannesburg - The number of South African nurses registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the United Kingdom has dropped by more than 55 percent from 2 114 in 2002 to 933 in 2005, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang told parliamentarians.

South Africa signed an agreement with the UK in 2003 through which health workers could work in British hospitals and then return to the South African public sector without loss of employment or status. ... SA nurses

Recruiting Retired Nurses Is 'Elderly Abuse'

Kerry Cullinan, Health-e (Cape Town), May 17, 2006

The KwaZulu-Natal health department's recent appeal for retired nurses to return to work to help alleviate staff shortages was condemned as unsustainable and "an abuse of the elderly" by delegates at a recent provincial health forum.

Delegates asked provincial health MEC Neliswa Peggy Nkonyeni to convey their unhappiness with the re-recruitment of retired nurses to a national health consultative forum that begins on Thursday (18 May). ... Recruiting

Nurses urged to join Cosatu strike

Sapa, May 16, 2006

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) has called on its members to participate in a general strike on Thursday against unemployment and poverty.

"The effects of joblessness and poverty have a direct impact on us as nurses and that automatically spills over to the community," Denosa spokesperson Siphokazi Phillip said on Tuesday.

"With poor and jobless community, a lot of diseases tend to come up and that puts a lot of pressure on nurses. Therefore our participation in the general strike hopes for improved conditions in the community so as to curb these diseases." ... Nurses

Nurses in South Africa Face Challenges

MedIndia, May 13, 2006

Yet another International Nurses' Day has gone by but still South Africa's own nursing community is faced with numerous challenges.

"On this day we salute the nurses of South Africa and celebrate those who give so much of themselves to better the lives of others in need," said Siphokazi Phillip, international relations co-ordinator for the Democratic Nurses Organisation of South Africa (Denosa).

According to Philip although there is much to celebrate the declining situation of the nursing situation in South Africa needs to be addressed by the government. ... Nurses

MEC rejects DA report but nurses insist morale is low

Chantelle Benjamin, Business Day, May 11, 2006

Newly appointed health MEC Brian Hlongwa has criticised as “unscientific” a report highlighting poor morale among Gauteng nurses, released yesterday by the Democratic Alliance (DA).

But the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) said the report was a fair representation of the complaints they had received from members.

The survey of 220 nurses based at six of Gauteng’s state hospitals found that the majority of nurses were demoralised, with 72% admitting that they had considered employment overseas. ... MEC

North West holds retired nurses' summit

Oupa Segwale, BuaNews, May 8, 2006

Rustenburg - North West Health MEC Nomonde Rasmeni has called on retired nurses in the province to return to the public health sector and impart their skills to nursing professionals.

She made the call at a one-day summit of retired nurses here today attended by over 200 delegates including retired nurses and representatives of trade unions.

The summit was aimed at finding ways in which retired nurses could be brought back into the system to revive the profession. ... North West

Failing nurses won't quit hostel

Sakhile Mokoena, News24, April 18, 2006

Thohoyandou - Students at the Limpopo Nursing College who failed their exams are refusing to move out of the hostels after their monthly stipend and free accommodation were suspended.

The Limpopo health and welfare department last year introduced a policy that all student nurses at government institutions who failed would not enjoy bursary benefits until they passed.

They would have to find alternative accommodation off campus, and their benefits would be reinstated once they passed. ... Failing

East London hospital crisis 'receiving scant attention'

Mail & Guardian, January 19, 2006

East London's main central-city hospital is facing serious management, health, financial and supply crises, all of which are receiving scant attention from provincial authorities, says the Democratic Alliance.

In a letter to Minister of Health Manto Tshabalala-Msimang on Wednesday, a copy of which was released to the media, DA health spokesperson Dianne Kohler-Barnard said the Eastern Cape's failure to tackle the problems at Frere hospital has prompted her to take them up with the minister. ... East

Nearly half of our nurses suffer abuse

Di Caelers, Cape Argus, November 10, 2005

More than half of all nurses polled report suffering at least one incident of physical or psychological violence in a single year, according to research by a health union grouping.

And 80 percent of nurses questioned blamed abuse - largely by male doctors - in the private sector for nurses leaving the profession.

Almost half the respondents - 48 percent - of respondents cited abuse by patients as a reason for nurses leaving the profession. ... Nearly

Nurses sue for millions after prison attack

Sunday Times, November 9, 2005

Two nurses are claiming more than R4 million from the correctional services minister and the acting chief of the Baviaanspoort prison in Pretoria after they were attacked in the prison, an online news agency reported. ... Court documents stated correctional services minister Ngconde Balfour and acting chief of the prison T H Maling had a lawful duty to ensure their safety at their place of work.

The women said they had informed the defendants about their dangerous working conditions. ... Nurses

Nurses sue for R4m

Liela Magnus, News24, November 9, 2005

Pretoria - Two nurses are claiming more than R4m from the minister of correctional services and the acting commander of the Baviaanspoort prison in Pretoria after they were attacked in this prison.

The two nurses' throats were apparently cut during the attack, they were assaulted, one was raped and both were undressed and tied up.

According to court documents the two women were found naked, tied up and covered in blood by their colleagues and prisoners. ... Nurses

Zulu nurses back - with escort

News24, November 8, 2005

Cape Town - A group of Zulu nurses were returning to their rural Transkei hospital on Tuesday under escort by security guards following a week of special leave after they were threatened by the community they were serving.

The 18 nurses were specially recruited from KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year to work at Zitulele Hospital near Mqanduli, as part of the province's drive to address scarce skills shortages.

Two weeks ago, police were called in after residents and workers at the hospital threatened to kill one of the nurses. ... Zulu

Prison attack prompts nurses to take action

Zelda Venter, The Mercury, November 8, 2005

The department of correctional services is facing a damages claim of R4,5-million following the attack by an inmate on two nurses at Baviaanspoort Prison, north-east of Pretoria.

Summonses in the two cases were served on Monday on Correctional Services Minister Ngconde Balfour and on the acting commander of the prison.

The nurses' throats were slashed during a brutal attack on March 13.

One of the nurses was raped and both were later tied up naked. Both fought for their lives in hospital after their ordeal. ... Prison

Nurses conned by college

Norman Mmbengwa, News24, November 6, 2005

Johannesburg - The future of students who paid thousands of rands to study nursing hangs in the balance after they established that the college was not registered.

Most students had paid R9 000 each for the course at Cosmos Auxillary Nursing College in Van Dyk Park on the East Rand.

This was before they found out that the college was operating without authorisation from the South African Nursing Council (SANC). ... Nurses

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