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South African Nurses join their counterparts in the world to celebrate the International Nurses Day which falls on May 12

International Nurses' Day is celebrated annually on 12 May, the anniversary of the founder of modern day nursing, Florence Nightingale's birthday. The theme for 2014 is Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health.
In South Africa, a number of celebrations under the auspices of the Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (DENOSA) have been planned to take place in all provinces. Nurses mostly use the day to focus on the challenges facing the profession, and what can be done to address those challenges.

As the largest health care profession in the world, there is no doubt that nurses are key to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). Nurses are often the only health professionals accessible to many people in their lifetime. So nurses are particularly well placed and often the most innovative in reaching underserved and disadvantaged populations. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness, and the impact of psychosocial and socio-economic factors such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity.

They see the context for wellbeing and accordingly act in way to reach beyond the immediate presenting problems. Nurses have done much towards the achievement of the MDGs and to help shape and deliver sustainable goals and outcomes beyond 2015. And we can be proud of our achievements. Yet there is still more that we can and must do. Nurses must engage in advocacy and lobbying. We must be involved in the development of any programme introduced to improve health services as it is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented. The Nursing profession indeed forms the hub of the service delivery mechanisms of the Department of Health - hence this year's theme: A FORCE FOR CHANGE: A VITAL RESOURCE FOR HEALTH.



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The Department derives its mandate from the following laws:
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act, 108 of 1996
Provides for the rights of access to health care services and emergency medical

Healthy self reliant communities in the North West
To render accessible, equitable and integrated quality health

Batho Pele Principles, Patient Rights Charter, Victims Rights Charter, Children's Rights Charter, Disability Rights Charter, Older Persons Pledge, Public Service Principles, Accountability, Transparency, Community participation, Excellence, Caring, Human dignity & respect,Access

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Postal Address:

Private Bag x2068, Mmabatho, 2735

Physical Address:
Cnr 1st Street & Sekame Road, Mafikeng, 2745

Tel: +27 (0) 18 391 4000/1