More than 300 nurses for North West clinics

Shortage of nursing staff is a major problem at the North West Health facilities. But that will soon be a thing of the past.  Two government nursing colleges tasked with a duty to train and produce  nurses for public health facilities in the North West Province have
produced 364 new nurses ready to serve. Mmabatho College of Nursing and
Excelsius Nursing College will officially release this new group of  nurses at a joint graduation ceremony to be held on Friday, 14 September 2018.  According to Provincial Health Department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, the nurses will be graduating in different fields including, comprehensive nursing, midwifery, psychiatric nursing, advanced midwifery and neonatal nursing science, operating theatre and clinical nursing science. “This comes as the Department re-engineers primary health care to  respond faster in improving the health status of communities through
implementation of integrated health programme aimed at providing accessible, equitable and affordable comprehensive primary health care
service that prevents diseases. The graduates will be deployed to health facilities in the province which are in need of extra nurses for efficient and prompt health service
delivery. The new nurses will do their compulsory community service for a
year, which will enable them to register with the South African Nursing
Council,” said Lekgethwane.

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