MUT hosts a public lecture to honour the contribution of nurses

Press release                                                                                      1 6 September 2020

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MUT hosts a public lecture to honour the contribution of nurses

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host a Public Lecture to honour the contribution that nurses make to save lives in their day-to-day work and also during the Covid-19 pandemics. The public lecture comes at a time when the World Health Organisation declared 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife in recognition of the vital role that nurses played this year as the world is battling the Coronavirus.

The Public Lecture is titled, Transformation Leadership in 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

“This Public Lecture is our way of reaching out to touch the lives of our people and bring those outside MUT closer to our campus in order that we may find ways as a collective to build the nation together. This is in line with MUT strategic goals, in particular Goal 4: Targeted national and international engagement,” said Prof Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal at MUT. “This goal outlines MUT’s nation-building agenda. It is for this reason that we have chosen the theme of Transformational Leadership in the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.”

The centrality of the role of nurses has been highlighted by stories of nurses selflessly putting their lives on the line to save the lives of those infected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“The nurses were quick to adapt to the new ‘normal’ and contributed enormously in saving lives during the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic. Teamwork, proactivity and innovation which have always been embedded within the nursing profession from time of Florence Nightingale, suddenly became more relevant to everyone; from household, boardroom, remote-learning and many other scenarios. In many respects, transformational leadership became the norm for all of us. We still need to talk loud and clear about transformational leadership and that is the reason why we have the Public Lecture to reiterate the need for transformational leadership,” said Prof Ramogale.

This virtual public lecture will be broadcast on 1KZN television (Channel 261, DSTV) on Saturday, 19 September 2020. During the recording, the media will get a chance to interview the speakers who are well-vest in the nursing profession and transformational leadership.

Heavyweight radio presenter and queen of the airwaves, Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza will facilitate the lecture proceedings. Belinda Lehnerdt, Nursing Manager at Netcare Umhlanga, will discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way the health sector works. Dr Ntombizodwa Linda, Lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science (DNS) at the University of Zululand, will share the important lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for training future nurses. MUT’s own award-winning researcher, Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan, will take the audience through the difficult journey of finding vaccines against global pandemics. The keynote speaker, Professor Betty Mubangizi will consider the implications for Transformational Leadership for the nurse and the mid-wife in the context of the urban – rural divide.

The Public Lecture will be recorded on Thursday, 17 September 2020, from 13h00 at the Pearls Capital Hotel in Umhlanga. This recording session will be followed by a press conference to give the media an opportunity to talk to the speakers before the lecture is broadcast on 1KZN.  Members of the media will be watching the lecture from another room as it is being recorded, and social distancing will be observed.

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Bheki Hlophe (Mr)
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