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A vote for nurses

Alberlito celebrates International Nurses Day.

Election fever was resurrected at Alberlito’s annual Nurses Day on Monday.

Nurses from different wards paraded in matching t-shirts and rosettes, waving placards and shouting slogans.

The different parties all represented nurses under the guise of South Africa’s most famous political groups.

Tables held nursing staff, or ‘political representatives’ from the ANP, the NA, the NFF, the NCDP and NOPE.

Under the lighthearted surface of mimicking the electoral process ran the earnest undercurrent of gratitude and appreciation.

Nurses were thanked for their tireless work and compassionate approach.

Master of ceremonies Priya Pillay thanked nurses for the “daily deeds which may sometimes be taken for granted.”

Dr Dinesh Patel took to the stage to emphasise that it is nurses who provide continuous care for patients.

“We only spend 25 minutes with the patients. You spend the next 23 hours and 35 minutes with them.”

An award for best patient care went to the medical ward, or under their invented political party, the NCDP, the ‘Nursing Congress for the Dignity of Patients’.

The trophy was awarded on the basis of levels of absenteeism, quality of health care and the cost-effectiveness of treatment.

Acting nursing manager, Rene Grobler, said that although nurses work long 12 hour shifts, they are well compensated and morale is high.

Nurses from the medical ward receive the trophy for best patient care.
Nurses from the medical ward receive the trophy for best patient care.
Trainee nurses, from left, Rasalika Maharaj, Preshika Moodley, Bronwin Govender and Devashree Govender.
Trainee nurses, from left, Rasalika Maharaj, Preshika Moodley, Bronwin Govender and Devashree Govender.

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