Department of Health 22/11/2019 - 13:28
The Gauteng Nurses Leadership Forum (GNLF) which consist of nursing leaders from all public hospitals, nursing colleges and private sector facilities convened at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Vosloorus on Thursday, 21 November 2019 to pave a future for nursing in the province.
The forum deliberated on various issues including amongst others, the National Strategic Plan for Nursing Education Training and Practice, State of Readiness on Accreditation for new Nursing Programme, Student Nurses intake for 2020 and Strategic Plan for Nursing Education and Training Report.
In his opening remarks, the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital Dr. Michael Malaka said it was of paramount importance to have such gatherings as the nursing fraternity represents the majority of health professionals.
“If you want to know anything about the patient, the best person(s) to ask is the nurses because they are the ones who spends almost 24 hours on the bed-side of the patient. They even know those things that the patient will not necessarily divulge around other health professionals.”
“It is very important to see you gathering in this fashion because it gives us hope that as we go in to the future and entering the era of the National Health Insurance, nursing will play a significant role in redefining how we manage our patients,” said Dr. Malaka.
Ascending to the podium, Mr. Lowane Serongwa from Nursing Directorate at Central Office informed the delegates that the preparations for the 2020 nursing intake are in progress.
“The students will apply online, we will be working closely with the Department of e-Government to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Further details on how things will work will be communicated in due course,” said Serongwa, adding that the nursing colleges that have been accredited for 2020 intake so far are Ann Latsky, Bona Lesedi, and Chris Hani Baragwanath nursing colleges.
Addressing the issue of human resources at the Gauteng Department of Health, Director of Nursing Practice, Compliance and Research Ms Nomonde Dlamini said the shortage of nursing human resource is key on the agenda and needs to be addressed.
“We have the reality of the influx of patients in our facilities as well as the human resource structure that was last reviewed by the department in 2006. This means that the resources that are currently allocated to the department of health cannot meet the needs,” Dlamini explained.
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