May 12th is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, widely considered to be the founder of modern nursing and, since 1965, the International Council of Nurses has celebrated the nursing profession on this day. SAVF National office is delighted to join people the world over on International Nurses Day, in shining a light on the SAVF nursing staff.
In an industry focused on care – where residents are vulnerable, frail or of ill health, it is the enormous contribution and dedication of the nursing staff that makes SAVF proud. At National office we often ask: What do you say to someone who cares selflessly, and who has compassion for every person they come into contact with- who is strong when others are weak?
Nurses are often the only enabler to health service accessible for many residents. The nursing staff continuously reflect their understanding of the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness, and the impact of psychosocial and socio-economic factors of modern society on beneficiaries of the SAVF - They see in context the need for wellbeing and act accordingly in ways that reach beyond their immediate means.
It is evident in SAVF, in an effort to continually strive to deliver the best care to those in need, the nursing staff reflects the willingness to embrace ever advancing clinical treatments and the demands of personal development in order to keep up to date with technology and the increased pressure of providing care to others.
SAVF nursing staff will continue to embrace the goals of “population ageing”, and the WHO goals for a future where the aged plays a greater and vital role in society – on several levels. The focus of nursing service will continue to honour the principles outlined in the Older Persons Act. Continuous contribution to shape a future with improved health services to the elderly is a key focus and the motivation behind constant engagement of SAVF nursing staff on different platforms of advocacy and lobbying. It is nurses who have the practical knowledge of how health service delivery can be designed, coordinated and effectively implemented.
On International Nurses Day, SAVF National Office salute you for your dedication to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our residents in their times of greatest need, by honouring the INC theme “Invest in nursing and respect rights to secure global health”.
“Thank You!” Sonet Roos Nursing Service coordinator