Grey`s hospital newsletter : May 2013


Grey`s hospital newsletter : May 2013
Editor: Alison Guise-Brown Pager 515
Members: Mrs. A Chetty Occupational Therapy. 3200
Mr. Z Mntungwa
The Greype-Vine
Grey’s Hospital
May 2013
Senior staff preparing for the Grey’s Nurses day celebrations.
Editorial: Congratulations to Mr. Gary Stoffels who ran
and completed the Comrades Marathon on 2nd June.
Considering how hot and windy the day was he ran a very
commendable time of 11 hours 21 minutes.
Grey’s must extend a huge thanks to Drs Hugh Akerman
and Mike Smit and to Dr David Longmore who very kindly
donated past copies of the MIMs to the Clinical
Department for distribution to the wards. We are
anticipating that as the Grey’s pharmacy department
receives their monthly copies, the old copies will also be
made available to the hospital staff.
We are hoping the last few rabbits will be caught
soon. In the last few weeks, only 2 have been seen by staff,
but they are proving to be quite elusive.
A group of ladies from the Jubilee Women’s
Institute, Sister Debbie Mckean’s mom’s ladies group,
have knitted Mother Therese vests for the prem babies in
the nursery, and the students and staff from The
Wykeham Collegiate have once again been knitting
beanies and teddies for Sr Seethal’s trachey children. We’d
like to say a huge thank you to them for their generosity.
Clinical lecturers and tutors attended a workshop at
KZNCN where procedure evaluation tools used by all the
campuses and sub-campuses were standardized,
assessment criteria was clarified and staff were given
guidelines regarding clinical accompaniment. It was an
enjoyable week and information shared was very valuable.
Learn from the past. Live for today.
Work for the future.
Campus News:
Mrs. Madziba returned from maternity leave in April after having a
little girl named Yolande. Mrs. Madziba, who previously worked in Ward A1,
will be teaching GNS. We wish her a long and happy stay at the Campus.
Mr. Anand Naidoo left Grey’s Campus at the end of May; he was
promoted to HOD of GNS at Edendale Nursing Campus. Mr Naidoo
commenced his nursing training at Grey’s in 1999 and once qualified worked
with Sr Carpenter in Ward C1 & Sr Sukhari in G2 for several years before
taking up a lecturer’s post in the campus in 2006. We wish him well in his
new position.
Eat dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya regularly
Adding dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya to a meal increases the nutrient
content of the meal. Legumes are rich and economical dietary sources of
Mr Deena Naidoo, Mr Marion, Mr Anand Naidoo and Sr P Carpenter at
Mr Naidoo’s farewell.
Sr A Quayle goes on maternity leave in June, the Clinical Department is
taking bets as to whether she is having a boy or a girl, and Sr Unwin is now Sr
Connolly, after getting married at the beginning of April.
good quality plant protein, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and
phytonutrients and soluble and insoluble dietary fibre. Eating foods from this
group decreases the risk of a wide variety of degenerative diseases such as
heart disease, diabetes, and different types of cancer. Eating these foods
even helps to combat being overweight because they enhance satiety. They
contain low GI starch, so when used, help to maintain healthy blood sugar
chronic diseases, and the nutritional management of the
diseases when they have developed.
These foods have their own food group because they make many
Grey’s Hospital Dietetics Department.
contributions to health. All South Africans should be encouraged to eat these
foods regularly, whether or not they are eating chicken, fish and meat.
Every week plan to include meals that use dry beans or soya
instead of meat or chicken.
Use dry beans, lentils, peas and soya as an ingredient in
mixed dishes, such as samp and beans, rice and lentils, beans
While it is mainly the responsibility of the Operational Manager to run
the ward, a good ‘second-in-charge’ is imperative. (It should not be
noticeable if the OM is on leave or has the day off. The general
functioning of the ward should be just as smooth, no matter who is in
Including dry beans, split peas, lentils and soya to the diet
A few years of experience as a ward sister is a vital learning tool,
where one can observe the running of the ward, learn administrative
source of plant protein, energy and fibre.
skills, improve on the delegation skills learnt as a senior nurse, learn
Dry beans or soya can be cooked with meat or chicken
to make decisions regarding patient care and give guidance to all
categories of staff.
‘I was off yesterday’ is not a good excuse for lack of knowledge about
dish (less fat, more fibre) and reduce the cost of each
a patient’s condition. Handover is an important way of finding out
about the patient’s condition and treatment. It should not be rushed in
Foods in this food group have a valuable role to play in
improving the nutritional quality of the eating plan of many
people in South Africa.
empower them
charge.) The question is; how does one become this ‘good second-in-
dishes, this will improve the overall nutritional value of the
assume key roles. To motivate personnel to move forward and to
in vegetable sauce with pasta.
increases the nutrient content of the meal. They are a good
Succession planning is a systematic process where managers
identify, assess and develop their staff to make sure they are ready to
Key messages
Regular consumption of foods in this group makes a big
contribution to the reduction of risk of developing some
order to allow the previous shift to go home, information not passed
on can jepardise future patient care and will make your decision
making more difficult.
Not everyone is a natural leader and the shy person might find it
difficult to tell others what to do but with the help of the Operational
Manager and other senior members of staff, leadership can be learnt.
fundamental to good patient care. ‘It’s not my job’ is something that
I am overwhelmed with the responsibility
Dealing with staff shortages and controlling absenteeism is
staff member should always be willing to help and teach the less
I’ve had to learn to be more confident and assertive
The OM were very encouraging and supportive
Once you have had the opportunity to run the ward yourself you will
Controlling staff who take extended tea and lunch breaks is not
From Operational Manager to General Orderly good teamwork is
should never be heard in a hospital setting. The more experienced
realize how difficult it is. A good leader cannot be everyone’s friend; it
is extremely difficult to correct and discipline your friend.
“blue dresses”
A good team will ensure that the work carries on no matter who is incharge
Dr’s don’t always acknowledge us as in-charges but look for
Attending meetings and sharing information with
Step up to the plate- don’t think that I am not getting paid to do the
staff/colleagues is important.
job so therefore I am not going to do it. The opportunity might arise
where you can apply for an Operational Manager’s post and the
experience gained while running the ward will stand you in good stead
for future promotions.
Below is some of the feedback from staff where succession planning
has been initiated:
It’s a great opportunity to learn and it exposed us to situations
that strengthened our skills of problem solving and decision
Made us look at and approach things differently as managers
We gained a lot of experience in the administration of the ward.
I encountered problems when doing on and off duties, having
to consider staff requests in spite of limited resources; some
staff are very demanding when requesting and do not consider
the service.
The workload is huge when having to do administrative work at
the same time as ward work.
I had to learn to multitask.
We would like to congratulate Mr MJ Shandu, Group 7/2009 as during
his student nurse training he has not taken a single day’s sick leave. Mr
Shandu is an extremely polite, conscientious student who has been
committed to his nursing training and despite difficulties has shown
diligence and responsibility to his work.
He has grasped the opportunity he has been given to obtain a
professional qualification with both hands and we wish him well
wherever he goes to complete his Community service.
Sr Fikile Patience Mjwara. (CDC Clinic.)
time because the students found her lecture so interesting and asked so
many questions
Sadly for Grey’s Fikile transferred to Greytown Hospital, on promotion, as the
Operational Manager of their OPD on 1 June. We wish her luck and much
happiness in her new job.
A small black and white cat seems to have made its home
in the vicinity of the prefabs. She had a litter of kittens at the
beginning of the year, which the SPCA was able to catch, but
unfortunately has had another litter since.
Sister Fikile Mjwara started the Staff Nurse course at Greys in 1995, the
Bridging Course in 2003 and she studied Midwifery in 2009.
Grey’s Hospital opened the CD Clinic in Aug 2004 CDC and after completing
the bridging course in April 2005 Sr Mjwara commenced work there and has
been the backbone of the clinic ever since.
She has studied her B Curr, Nursing Education, Management and Community
Health, completing it in 2012.
Sister Mjwara is a superb lecturer and was regularly asked by the Clinical
department to update students doing the Bridging course on the
Government’s policies re ARVs, the different meds available, who qualifies to
receive them etc. An allocated 45 minute lecturer period often exceeded it’s
Lennie and Vusi from cleaning squad, supplement her food
every day, although she has been seen to catch birds and rats.
Because she trusts them, Vusi was able to catch her, we were
then able to take her to the SPCA, where she was spayed and
later brought back ‘home.’ Unfortunately we could not leave her
at the SPCA because her kittens were too young and because
she is wild, so wouldn’t have been able to find a home.
The next challenge is to catch the kittens and have them
Once again the students from The Wykeham Collegiate have been
helping the community. Their grade 7 learners were tasked to make
mobiles from babies’ socks. Mrs Rose Harries, marketing co-ordinator
for the school, brought their creations to Grey’s and donated them to
Sr Sam Nathoo, Operational Manager Ward A1, who will in turn share
them amongst the children’s wards.
A huge thank you to the girls who contributed.
A situational analysis conducted in January and February 2012 by the
Grey’s Hospital Public Relations Department reflected that many SA
citizens, including high school learners and educators, do not know or
understand the KZN referral patterns, the role of tertiary or referral
hospitals, the services offered by this institution and the career
opportunities offered in the KZN Health Department. To bridge the gap,
we as The Grey’s Hospital Events Management Team, embarked on
taking such vital information to the community at large, focusing on
high school learners and educators by creating a conducive platform
for them to gain first-hand information.
On the 3rd May 2013 Grey’s Hospital held a Career Open day at the
Nurses Home Recreational Hall, which started at 09h00 until
13h00.The career open day was attended by 114 pupils from Carter
High School, Linpark High School, Marion High School, Russell High
School and Heritage Academy. We targeted high school learners from
Grade 9 – 12. Members of the Hospital board were also invited.
Different departments put together some astounding exhibits and
pupils were given an opportunity to visit the different departmental
stands to ask questions, learn more about services rendered at Grey’s
Hospital and career opportunities available to them. The interaction
between the learners and staff manning the exhibition stands was
We would like to thank Grey’s Hospital Management, the Hospital
Board members, staff and different departments for their time, efforts,
energy to make the day a success
by The Grey’s Hospital Board and attended by hospital management
and the staff who came out in big numbers to witness and bless the
Here are some staff members who have reached 20 and 30 years in
service at Grey’s Hospital and. They received their certificates from the
Hospital CEO, Dr Bilenge and Hospital EXCO Members. The hospital
Choir entertained the audience. Grey’s Hospital will continue to
celebrate long service because this ceremony promotes a sense of
recognition and motivates Grey’s Hospital employees.
The Grey’s hospital management team with representatives from each
school after receiving the Grey’s Hospital Commemorative brochure and the
Transition & Transformation brochure.
A long service awards function was held on 12 April 2013 at Grey’s
Hospital Recreational
Hall. The purpose of
the event was to
acknowledge and
appreciate the
contribution to service
delivery, as well as the
loyalty and commitment
of employees who have
reached 20 and 30
years of service at
Grey’s Hospital. The
function was sponsored
Grey’s Hospital Nurses Day Celebration
International Nurse’s Day, 12th May, was celebrated at Grey’s Hospital on
Thursday the 6th of June in the Recreation Hall. Senior Nursing management
organized and hosted the celebration, many of whom arrived at 5am on a
chilly morning to start the food preparation and cooking of the meal.
Dr. K.B. Bilenge and Mrs. C. Sosibo thanked all the nurses for their hard work
and service towards their patient’s and Grey’s Hospital, and stated on the
whole how proud they were to be associated with Grey’s and its nurses.
In appreciation, each nurse who was on day or night duty on 6th June
received a delicious curry and rice meal with vegetables and ice cream and
chocolate cake for dessert. The recreation Hall had also been beautifully
decorated to host the occasion.
The Grey’s Hospital Choir and the Student Choir sang some beautiful songs in
Zulu and in English, to celebrate the day. Sr P. Nursoo and company
lightened the atmosphere and entertained us with their skill in line dancing.
Group 7/09 put on two excellent plays; using humor they highlighted the lack
of care that has crept into the nursing profession between nurses and their
patient’s, as well as between senior and junior staff. They also reminded us
about the true meaning of the Nurse’s Pledge especially with regards to nondiscrimination. They certainly entertained us but also sent a very clear
message as to how we should and should not conduct ourselves within the
nursing profession.
difference between excellence and mediocrity is
Mrs. C. Pillay was our esteemed guest speaker; it was tremendous to be
addressed by a nurse who has loved and served her patients and community
throughout her career. She focused her talk around Five “C’s”, Caring,
compassion, client centered, competent and confident; she reminded us of
what qualities should be evident in all of us as nurses.
The celebration was enjoyed and appreciated by everyone. The morning was
closed by Mrs. Sosibo who led us in a meaningful lamp lighting ceremony and
saying of the Nurse’s Pledge.
Sr A Quayle.
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