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The role of the sister in a rural hospital

J.V. Salayi, R. Mali, G.N. Mali
Curationis | Vol 3, No 1 | a233 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v3i1.233 | © 1980 J.V. Salayi, R. Mali, G.N. Mali | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1980 | Published: 26 September 1980

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J.V. Salayi, Victoria Hospital, Lovedale, South Africa
R. Mali, Victoria Hospital, Lovedale, South Africa
G.N. Mali, Victoria Hospital, Lovedale, South Africa

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Nurses sometimes seem to think that nursing in rural hospitals is less stimulating than that in city hospitals with all their super-sophisticated equipment and modern intensive care units: on the other hand, if we consider the concept of health which visualises a state of physical, mental and socio-economic wellbeing for the individual, his family and the community in which he lives and not merely the absence of disease, then we see nursing in rural hospitals as a great challenge for the nurse. As in rural areas life is less busy than in cities, the number of patients in a hospital is usually manageable. Hence the nurse has the opportunity to treat her patients in their “ totality” - physically, mentally and spiritually.


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