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Experiences of auxiliary nursing trainees of poverty alleviation programme regarding nursing and nursing profession in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province

Maria S. Maputle, Florance N. Baloyi, Livhuwani H. Nemathaga
Curationis | Vol 42, No 1 | a1792 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v42i1.1792 | © 2019 Maria S. Maputle, Florance N. Baloyi, Livhuwani H. Nemathaga | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 March 2017 | Published: 06 August 2019

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Maria S. Maputle, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Florance N. Baloyi, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Livhuwani H. Nemathaga, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa


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Abstract

Background: The Limpopo Department of Health and Social Development introduced a system to train children from poor families as auxiliary nurses as a poverty alleviation strategy in 2003. The programme targeted the needy families, those who depended on social grants, orphaned or child-headed families. The programme has been implemented for more than 10 years and the experiences of trainees were never explored.

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of auxiliary nurse trainees of the poverty alleviation programme regarding nursing and the nursing profession.

Methods: A qualitative approach was used. Purposive sampling was used to sample 15 auxiliary nurses who were trained under poverty alleviation programme in four of the seven hospitals of Vhembe District. Data were collected through in-depth individual interviews. One central question ‘As a beneficiary of poverty alleviation programme, could you describe your experiences of training as a nurse and of the nursing profession in this hospital’. Data were collected until no new information emerged. Note taking and a voice recording was performed to capture all the information reported by the participants. Open coding method was used to analyse data.

Results: Two themes emerged, namely experiences of being a nurse and about nursing as a profession, and interpersonal relationships between auxiliary nurses and the ward staff.

Conclusions: The Department of Health in Limpopo Province was commended and to be encouraged to develop other programmes as poverty alleviation strategy for other government departments, so that the affected children can have a wider career choice. The managers and supervisors in the wards to have moral and legal obligations to support initiatives that foster effective mentoring of neophyte nurses in the nursing profession.


Keywords

Auxiliary nurses; employability; nursing profession; poverty alleviation strategy; orphans

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