The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) in KwaZulu-Natal is saddened by what transpired at Pixley Hospital during the assessment of 250 Professional Nurses yesterday, which shows how dire the situation of unemployment levels while we are faced with the gross shortage at the same time.
This exposes poor planning by the department, especially after what happened in 2018 at Inkosi Albert luthuli where we saw similar scene of the inhumane manner on how nurses were queing under the sun just to write a test.
The hospital is looking to employ 250 professional nurses, and more than 5000 nurses pitched on the day, out of desperation for employment.
We are extremely fearful of the worst that is likely to happen when it is time for the assessment of Enrolled Nurses (ENs), which was due to take place today but had to be put on hold owing to what happened yesterday.
In 2018, more than 10 000 ENs pitched for an assessment.
We would have thought that by now there were lessons learned on managing such interviews.
We are in continous engagement we the department in trying to avoid similar scenes from happening.
We wish to inform our members that those who recieved messages to attend today's assessment that such assessment has been put on hold until the department comes with a new way of handling this assessment without exposing nurses further.
Communications will be sent accordingly to affected nurses on the wayforward.
Again, we wish to express our disappointment in how nurses were treated yesterday and such should be condemned at all costs as it degrades our noble profession.
As DENOSA, we wish to request our members who attend such gatherings to always wear their masks and practice social distancing; it is just the right thing to do under these testing circumstances.