Nurse educators (tutors) have announced that they will withdraw their services if the government fails to address nurses’ incapacitation as a matter of urgency.
In a statement issued following the arrest and harassment of nurses who were peacefully protesting at Harare Central Hospital on Monday, the Nurse Educators Association of Zimbabwe (NUAZ) demanded the immediate release of the 13 nurses within 24 hours. The statement read:
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1. Today on the 6th of July 2020, NURSE EDUCATORS have learnt with deep shock the arrest of nurses after airing our collective grievances.
We, therefore, demand the immediate release of the arrested nurses within 24 hours The disease with our employer of dismissal and victimization of nurses should STOP Nurses like all citizens of Zimbabwe have a right to speak freely about their grievances without fear as enshrined in the constitution.
2. Following continuous bedridden silence from the employer in addressing our incapacitation, we as NURSE EDUCATORS, demand an immediate response from the employer as their infectious silence is spreading to the entire health services rendered by ALL nurses including STUDENT NURSES who need adequate attention from clinical staff without hiccups.
Failure to address the incapacitation ailment will lead to withholding of our services as the environment has increasingly proved to be difficult for standard quality practical learning.
3. NURSE EDUCATORS, as managers have been on standby rendering services, covering for the absence of junior nurses, and due to incapacitation, we do hereby also declare our inability to continue offering such services as we are overwhelmed with extra duties, and thus leading to paying less attention to the STUDENT NURSE whose expected standards and quality are being compromised.
Under the circumstances on the ground, the NURSE EDUCATORS are forced to join their colleagues if collective demands are not attended to as a matter of urgency.
NURSE EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION OF ZIMBABWE