In recognition of International Nurses’ Day on 12 May, the Life Healthcare Group, one of the largest providers of private healthcare in Southern Africa, is honouring the more than 9516 nurses stationed at its hospitals country-wide.
The theme for this year’s International Nurses’ Day, a force for change – a vital resource for health, recognises the important role that nurses play in providing quality care, particularly in developing countries where access to health services is often limited. To meet these needs, a motivated and well trained nursing force is essential.
Dr Sharon Vasuthevan, group nursing executive says; “We recognise the skills shortage in the nursing profession, not only in our country, but globally and acknowledge that nurses are the heart-beat of the healthcare system.”
“To help address the shortage, Life Healthcare invests heavily in the training of aspirant nurses through its nationally accredited Life College of Learning. Since the inception of the College 16 years ago, over 11 000 nurses have been trained,” says Vasuthevan.
“The Life College of Learning has extended its training programme to the Group’s subsidiary company in India, Max Healthcare, where 43 Indian nurses will be graduating this year,” says Vasuthevan.
CEO André Meyer says; “Our entire business offering is dependent on the quality of our nursing, and for this reason, we also finance extensive refresher training courses for our experienced nurses”.
“International Nurses Day gives us the opportunity to thank each and every one of our nurses for their dedication. We especially congratulate our Top 100 nurses for 2014, each of whom was selected by their peers for their exceptional attitudes.”