Fresh from the podium where she delivered a keynote address at the Annual Nursing Education Conference at the Emperors Palace the previous day where she called for unity of nurses to advance their cause, International Council of Nurses (ICN) President Judith Shamian met the leadership of the Southern African Network of Nurses and Midwives (SANNAM) on 26 June.
Her meeting SANNAM as she was in the region for the conference was consistent with her that nursing fraternity be united and speak in one voice. In her address the previous day, she urged nurse leaders to unite all nursing forums in the country.
The all-important meeting was coordinated by DENOSA General Secretary, Thembeka Gwagwa, and DENOSA President, Dorothy Matebeni, who also served as Treasurer of SANNAM previously.
The SANNAM delegation was led by Chairperson, Bheki Mamba; Executive Director, Philemon Ngomu and SANNAM Treasurer, Tebogo Tshenyego.
What came out strongly in the meeting was the need for issues that SANNAM grapples with daily in the region to also find a voice in the ICN platforms, as well as the need to constantly capacitate nurses on policy issues in the region. Also, the issue of reaching out to every nurse by ICN was discussed with a view of looking at mechanisms that could make every nurse feel included in ICN.
Judith is due to visit the continent again in the next three months where she is expected to meet a larger group of nursing forums.