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DENOSA congratulates Professor Dolamo for her inaugural lecture on the new nurse for the 21st Century

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) would like to congratulate one of its academics in nursing and its long-standing member, Professor Bethabile Dolamo, for her inaugural lecture at the University of South Africa (UNISA) last night where she depicted the unique characters of a new nurse that the 21st Century requires as the profession is faced with many challenges locally and globally. 

She has been admitted as the professor at the institution’s school of health, after she served as the associate professor since 2012. She started lecturing at the institution’s main campus in Pretoria since 2006. 

While delivering her lecture on “Preparing the new nurse leader For the 21st Century in South Africa”, she called for a new who will be capacitated on both management and leadership aspects of the profession, not only on clinical matters. She cited the gross shortage of nurses in the country’s health facilities and the negative effects this shortage has on the few nurses that are in the workforce. 

She depicted a sad and yet true picture of nursing in the country at the time when the profession competes with other careers for talent. “In the face of shortage of nurses, baby-boomers (those nurses born between 1945 and 1964) are retiring and Y-generation (those born between 1980s and 1990s) are not attracted to the low-paying job,” she said. 

DENOSA also agrees wholeheartedly with her when she said nurse managers are often not prepared to assume leadership role and management than they do at clinical level. At the time of the great need to develop nurses into becoming leaders that spearhead the implementation of the country’s health programmes, she cited UNISA and DENOSA Professional Institute (DPI)’s Leadership For Change Programme as a few attempts to develop nurse leaders in the entire country. 

She said educational requirements for developing nurse leaders need to be looked at with critical eyes. She said the challenge facing future nurses in the 21st Century are not adequately prepared, and many lack certain characters. Also, shortage of nurses makes it difficult to encourage nurses to take up leadership, said Professor Dolamo.