New Nursing Study Focuses on the National Health Insurance Policy
The aim of a Master’s thesis was to investigate Nurse Managers’ understanding of the National Health Insurance Policy and the implications it has for them in the carrying out of their roles and responsibilities in health care facilities.
Graduate, Mrs Nozipho Mthembu completed the thesis titled: “An Analysis of the Nurse Manager’s Interpretation of the National Health Insurance Policy, its Implications for Implementation in Healthcare Facilities in the eThekwini District”.
The methodology was a sequential mixed method with two phases. Phase one was qualitative methodology where Mthembu interviewed Nurse Managers from the Public and Private sectors. Phase two was quantitative, where questionnaires were handed to nurse managers in the Public and Private sectors. ‘The data analysis of both phases was an experience of note for me,’ said Mthembu.
Three Community Health Centres (CHC), two district hospitals in eThekwini and three Private healthcare facilities were selected for the study. Participants were Nurse Managers at top and middle levels from the public healthcare facilities (ie district hospitals, community health centres and primary health clinics) and middle level private facilities.
It was found in the results that participants ‘demonstrated a general impression on the NHI rather than specific understanding’.
Mthembu said she ‘would love to be involved in the work done to prepare the nation for the implementation of the NHI. I am very much into the implementation of the NHI as I believe it will address and promote prevention of diseases as opposed to a focus on curative measures as I see it mostly in the Private sector. I am very passionate about helping those who can’t help themselves especially the youth. I believe in equity hence I would like to see the NHI implemented so that the poor can access healthcare facilities easily.
‘I am also passionate about uplifting nursing standards and working on the quality problems like infection control, attitude of staff, cleanliness and safety of patients and staff among others. I believe Nurse Managers will play a major role in achieving these.’
Mthembu is an undergraduate Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Public Health at UKZN. In her spare time, she enjoys being up to date on news events and likes to read the papers, listen to the radio and watch TV.
- Zakia Jeewa