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The attitude of registered nurses at Addington Hospital towards their profession

L. Schlebusch, G. Stanley-Clarke, A.C.M. Aucamp, M.P.S. Scallan, C. Buys, C.M.R.O. Walley, K.E. Holliday, J.J. Hodgen
Curationis | Vol 5, No 3 | a421 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v5i3.421 | © 1982 L. Schlebusch, G. Stanley-Clarke, A.C.M. Aucamp, M.P.S. Scallan, C. Buys, C.M.R.O. Walley, K.E. Holliday, J.J. Hodgen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1982 | Published: 27 September 1982

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L. Schlebusch, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
G. Stanley-Clarke, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
A.C.M. Aucamp, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
M.P.S. Scallan, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
C. Buys, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
C.M.R.O. Walley, Kahn Hospital, Durban, South Africa
K.E. Holliday, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa
J.J. Hodgen, Addington Hospital, Durban, South Africa

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Abstract

Several investigations into the nursing profession have demonstrated that a significant number of registered nurses leave the profession or are dissatisfied with it. The student nurse drop-outs of the 1979 intake in the Republic of South Africa amounted to 2,120. Similarly, recent public reports have noted widespread dissatisfaction amongst nurses in South Africa, particularly with regard to salary and conditions of employment. At Addington Hospital a rapid changeover of registered nurses on the staff was also noted. Preliminary enquiries revealed that the cause is not that nurses do not want to nurse, but that they are simply no longer willing to make the major compromises expected of them if they choose to stay in the profession.

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