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The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union claims that 2017 International Nurses Day has nothing to celebrate.
On Thursday, hundreds of union members are expected to march on the South African Nursing Council to draw attention to a variety of issues confronting the profession.
Rich Sicina, president of the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union, says, “We want to use this day to highlight our frustrations so that the entire country understands we are not happy on the ground.”
Sicina claims that nurses, particularly those in the public sector, are working in deplorable conditions at state facilities due to staffing and resource shortages.
He claims that the council, which regulates the nursing profession, has done little to improve the life of South African nurses.
The Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union is requesting that the Council on Higher Education evaluate and take over the accreditation of nursing qualifications.
Nursing colleges that have been closed should be reopened and accredited, according to the union, so that the country may create more nursing professionals.
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