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Work history of nurses trained in natal

L.R. Uys
Curationis | Vol 14, No 2 | a323 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v14i2.323 | © 1991 L.R. Uys | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1991 | Published: 26 September 1991

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L.R. Uys,, South Africa

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Abstract

In a recent survey it was found that although Natal/KwaZulu has 25.1% of the South African population, it has only 20,9% of the country’s registered nurses (Muller and Coetzee, 1990). This means that Natal has the worst population to registered nurse ratio of the three large urban areas (Natal 551:1, Western Cape 324:1; Pretoria/Witwatersrand 319:1). The same report showed that, although, Natal/KwaZulu has 25,1% of the population, it only trains 9,2% of the current nursing students (Ibid). These figures paint a worrying picture of the region’s ability to supply the health manpower needs of its people.

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