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12 May 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY 2011

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN NURSING COUNCIL

Today on 12 May, the nursing fraternity is celebrating the International Nurses Day which is the commemoration of the birth of Florence Nightingale who made a significant contribution towards the nursing profession.

The theme for 2011 is “Closing the gap, increasing access and equity”

This is the day where we recognize the contributions and efforts that nurses put in prioritizing the well being of the patients despite the daily challenges and pressures that nurses are faced with.

As the regulatory body the South African Nursing Council our key object is to serve and protect the public in matters involving heath services generally and nursing services in particular.  In this regard the Council commits itself to setting standards for education and practice that will ensure continuous supply of highly competent and service oriented nurse.

The South African Nursing Council further commends all nurses who took part in the recent Nursing Summit, which was aimed at reconstructing and revitalizing the nursing profession.  The inputs nurses have made at the nursing summit which culminated into the Nursing Compact will indeed contribute towards shaping the destiny of the profession and transformation agenda of the Council, in our quest to improve service delivery and also respond to the service delivery needs of our communities.  As we celebrate this day, we would like to commend and call upon all nurses in South Africa and across the world to continue to be advocates and good ambassadors of the nursing profession, maintain the high quality nursing standards and uphold the ethics of the profession.

ENDS

Issued by

The chairperson: Ms JN Makhanya

South African Nursing Council
P.O. Box 1123
Pretoria
0001

Tel : 012 426 9542 / 083 496 8366
Fax : 012 426 9554


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