Friday, 29 March 2019, marked the last day for Director of Nursing at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Duduzile Ngidi, who was going on retirement.
DENOSA paid her a visit on her last day at work to reflect on the journey she started more than 30 years ago.
She paid homage to nurses, the more than 3500 majority workers at the hospital, for the sterling work they continue to put under extremely challenges conditions due to increase increase in patient numbers served at the hospital as well as the increase in the burden of diseases plus the fact that Bara not only serves Gauteng but the rest of other tertiary hospitals in the country rely on it for certain specialised care, just as Southern Africa is.
'Bara', as the hospital is well-known as, is the third largest hospital in the world. Last year, the hospital was acknowledged as the best hospital in Africa for its healthcare.
She gives credit for this accolade to the sterling work nurses put in. She said she had been the first person to criticise nurses at her institution, but that such criticism was constructive and came from a good heart and was aimed at making them better at everything they did.
She acknowledged that support for the nursing profession is something that needs to be prioritized, but she was quick to add that such support is never going to come on a silver platter. She said professional organisations like DENOSA can also add their support to its members who are in positions that can be key in the provision of labour-management harmony. She says this is because managers are empowered with management skills and not so much on labour relations skills, something that she says is the reason behind many conflicts between trade unions and managers in the workplace.
She says the achievement at Chris Hani Bara were not without challenges, but resilience and determination not to be swayed by any other force other than the force of making a change is what kept her going.
Her parting words to nurses at the hospital is that they must be firm and protect the profession because if they do not protect it, it will go back to backroom where it used to be in the past.
She encourages nurses to continue improving their skills whenever possible and that they contribute to the generation of body of knowledge through research work so that both their socio-economic situation and the healthcare service to patients can improve.
DENOSA also paid its respect to her, saying her tenure, for the first time, brought about a renewed change and a new perspective of engaging with the labour unions on many issues that they were bringing to the table. DENOSA Chairperson at Central Wits region and a shop steward at Bara, Yandisa Zungula, says labour formations have had more interactions with her office than before.
DENOSA pays respect to the Mme Ngidi, a humble soul.
#WeAreDenosa — with Yandisa Zungula.