Considering the rampant spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) Student Movement has called on nursing institutions to suspend academic and clinical activities.
In a statement on Monday, 16 March 2020, the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa Student Movement called on nursing institutions across the country to suspend all academic and clinical activities. The movement commended all the institutions that have prioritised students’ safety and wellbeing by suspending academic programmes, especially because medical care is crucial at this time. “We acknowledge that nursing is an essential service and we recognise and commend all nurses holding the fort and those directly and fearlessly responsible for the care and nursing of those infected with the coronavirus,” read the statement.
However, the student movement called on institutions to put together contingency plans to keep the students up to date with the academic programme, despite its suspension. “We would like to call upon all institutions to strategize contingency plans to ensure that students are not forced to forfeit the academic year and clinical hours due to this national disaster. The South African Nursing Council [SANC], as the regulatory body, should be the one to champion these strategies amidst this unforeseen crisis,” the statement continued.
The movement noted its disappointment with SANC’s decision to close its doors, due to the virus, saying that “they should be standing hand-in-hand, or rather elbow-to-elbow, with nurses of all ranks in keeping the nursing profession functional amidst this disaster.”
The movement ended the statement by urging all nursing institutions to suspend activities and promised to engage SANC, institutions of higher learning and all stakeholders on a way forward.