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nursing thumb medium90 93The Citizen reports that the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) has called on the country’s nurses to boycott all celebrations and commemorations of International Nurses Day on Thursday.

Nurses around the world will commemorate their vocation under the theme “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Invest in Nursing and respect rights to secure global health.” But South African nurses are said to have nothing much to celebrate. “Nurses were hailed as heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic, but they did not get any recognition in terms of increased pay, not even as a token of appreciation from employers,” said YNITU general secretary Lerato Mthunzi. “YNITU strongly believes that nursing in general as a profession is under attack by those who are entrusted to transform it. Education, training and development of nurses has reached a screeching halt,” claimed Mthunzi. The union accused the SA Nursing Council (SANC) and the Council for Higher Education (CHE) of denying nurses access and career progression opportunities. YITU’s sentiments came amid a study by Stellenbosch University’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery into the state of nursing care for the elderly. “We found that the nursing workforce in LTCFs is getting older, training is outdated, workloads increase, and information technology skills are lacking,” said the researchers. The YNITU urged all nurses not to attend or participate in any celebrations associated with International Nurses Day, but to assemble at the Union Buildings at 9:00 am in Pretoria. Thereafter, nurses will march to the SANC offices.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Narissa Subramoney at The Citizen

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