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’n kritiese beskouing van die rol en funksies van die gemeenskapsgesondheids verpleegkundige in groot stedelike plaaslike owerheidsdienste in die Republiek van Suid-Afrika

Johanna M. Dreyer
Curationis | Vol 12, No 3/4 | a234 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v12i3/4.234 | © 1989 Johanna M. Dreyer | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1989 | Published: 26 September 1989

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Johanna M. Dreyer, D. Lilt et Phil. UNISA Professor Universiteit van Suid-Afrika, South Africa

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The aim o f this study was to determine and describe the role and functions o f the community health nurse in the health services o f local authorities o f the larger cities within the framework o f legislation regarding health and the health service structure o f the Republic o f South Africa. A questionnaire was used to gather data in connection with the present role and functions o f the community health nurse who is responsible fo r direct client I patient care in the local authority areas o f Greater Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. The information gained from the questionnaires was followed up by personal observations o f the services tendered in Greater Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, after it had been computed. The study indicates that the community health nurse in the urban, local authority health services o f the Republic makes a very important contribution to the delivery o f services within the provisions o f the Health Act, no. 63 of 1977. The analysis o f the computed data and personal observations showed that the community health nurse in the large cities must carry out a certain percentage o f the administrative, educational, preventive, promotive, curative and rehabilitative activities in the services.

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