Give 100 Minutes in Celebration of the Year of the Nurse
Retired nurses, health care administrators and those not actively
involved in patient care are expected to return to the bedsides of the
frail and sick in large numbers next week in an initiative to mark the
100-year anniversary of Florence Nightingale (1910 – 2010) and to
celebrate 2010 as the Year of the Nurse.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
is part of the initiative
that will be commemorated with 100 minutes of caring, among other

NMMU Nursing Sciences head and chairperson of the Nursing Education
Association Prof Dalena van Rooyen said that on Wednesday, 12 May 2010,
NMMU nursing students would join hundreds of others at the bedside of
patients in Port Elizabeth.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate nursing as a noble profession and
to focus on the provision of quality patient care like Florence
Nightingale who introduced the profession.” “It is also an opportunity
to positively influence the image of the
nursing profession especially in terms of care, commitment and

Nurses and members of the community will commit 100 minutes to nursing
care in any healthcare environment.

However, the planned activities for this event will take place at the
Nginza Hospital
from 07:30-12:00, and will be repeated on 13
14 May 2010 at Provincial
Port Elizabeth, Livingstone
; Provincial Hospital Uitenhage, Cuyler
Clinic, Netcare

Other activities include:

  • Nurses currently in practice will reaffirm their commitment
    to the provision of quality patient care
  • Nurses who have moved away from patient care will spend 100
    minutes in direct patient care either in hospital, clinics, and old age
  • Retired nurses will return to the bedside or the clinic
  • Healthcare administrators, managers and support can
    identify initiatives that will allow them to spend 100 minutes
    supporting nursing or nursing related activities
  • Community members and high school learners are also invited
    to find opportunities to spend 100 minutes supporting nursing

Dora Nginza Hospital was named after a nurse who, like Florence
Nightingale, was a pioneer for nursing. She came from the Eastern Cape.
Dora Nginza (1891 – 1916) had made a difference in the lives of people
who otherwise would have suffered the detrimental effect of disease and

Van Royen said; “Her contribution to the care she bestowed on her
community was far reaching. It is fitting that the bulk of these
activities take place in the hospital bearing her name.”

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