The government has so far recruited 1 600 nurses following the approval by cabinet for the ministry to employ 2 000 more nurses to cushion the high demand for the health practitioners.
265 registered general nurses and midwives who successfully completed training at Parirenyatwa School of Nursing, who graduated today will no longer wait for a long period to be deployed.
The group of 265 nurses comprising registered general nurses, specialised nurses who trained in ophthalmic nursing, intensive care, nurse anesthetists, operating theatre nurses, oncology, renal and mental health nurses as well as midwives are graduating at a time when the health sector freeze has now been lifted.
The Ministry of Health and Child Care has indicated the health sector requires at least 8 000 nurses to operate efficiently.
Officiating at this year’s nurses graduation and prize giving ceremony, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals chief executive, Mr Thomas Zigora said Parirenyatwa Hospital is the only state run institution that offers post basic nurse training for various specialised fields but funding constraints are threatening to derail the programmes.
The National Oil and Insfrastructure Company (NOIC) is supporting the open heart surgery programme being conducted at Parirenyatwa Hospital and the company’s board chairperson, Dr Jimias Madzingira was the guest of honour at this year’s graduation ceremony.
Dr Madzingira noted the dynamic nature of the nursing profession calls for continued capacity building programmes.
With prospects for employment looking bright, the graduands and their families celebrated as they received their diplomas.
Those who excelled in different categories were presented with floating trophies.
The staff establishment for nurses was last reviewed in 1983 despite the increase in workload and changes in the disease pattern.
Nurse-to-patient ratio in government hospitals stands at 1:15 patients and such a scenario compromises quality care.