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Celebrating nurses: champions of change in quality patient care

Our nurses are life-long learners – dedicated to evolving nursing and quality care to benefit patients’ care experience, including their comfort and recovery.

International Nurses Day, 12 May 2017

The Life Healthcare Group permanently employs over 10,000 nurses, and this year recognised and celebrated these dedicated and committed healthcare professionals on International Nurses Day (12 May) for creating paradigm shifts and championing new approaches to quality patient care.

Our nurses are life-long learners – dedicated to evolving nursing and quality care to benefit patients’ care experience, including their comfort and recovery.

Aligned with the guiding principles of the Group’s CARE programme and this year’s global Nurses Day theme of A Voice to Lead: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we focused on the leading role nurses play in ensuring both efficiency and the achievement of quality goals within all our 64 healthcare facilities in South Africa.

Life Healthcare’s Great 100 Nurses initiative is one of the unique ways the Group acknowledges and recognises its top 100 nurses: these are chosen by their peers for epitomising efficiency, quality and compassion in their daily work, which ultimately contributes to the patients’ hospital experience.

‘Patient experience has become and will remain the market differentiator in the healthcare industry. Hospitals will be measured on both the in-hospital patient experience and the clinical outcomes,’ says Dr Sharon Vasuthevan, Life Healthcare Nursing and Quality Executive.

At Life Healthcare, nurses are at the heart of contributing to and championing new approaches to clinical and non-clinical initiatives. ‘Through these new approaches and commitment to compassionate nursing care, we are having a positive impact on patients,’ adds Dr Vasuthevan.

According to Dr Vasuthevan, International Nurses Day and Great 100 Nurses is one of the many ways in which the Group honours nurses for their quality and excellence in nursing, while also highlighting numerous paradigm shifts achieved through new and differentiated quality nursing practices.

To further recognise the nursing profession and the Groups’ patient-centric approaches that bring about positive change in achieving a great patient experience, Life Healthcare’s nursing team launched the third Life Healthcare Journal of Health Sciences at six regional Great 100 Nurses events in the lead-up to International Nurses Day.

‘The Life Healthcare Journal of Health Sciences underlines the evolving role of the nursing profession and the positive impact that a diverse range of nursing and quality initiatives implemented within Life Healthcare are having on patient outcomes.

‘While we are extremely proud of initiatives such as Great 100 Nurses and of highlighting the positive impact of our nursing and quality care through the Life Healthcare Journal of Health Sciences, International Nurses Day is actually about joining together, making our voices heard, celebrating the caregiver and showcasing that nurses can lead the way and champion better health for all. It’s a time to honour our nurses for their commitment and dedication to delivering compassionate, thoughtful care to our patients,’ Dr Vasuthevan concludes.