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Gauteng Chapter News (May 2011)

The 2011 SATS congress has come and gone. It was exciting, educational, funny and emotional. The organization was done professionally as always, by the events manager Marianne Oosthuizen and her team. The Gauteng President and her team, worked tirelessly, alongside Marianne, right up to the last bell, being the best hosts they could be!

We also had tremendous support from the trade. The stalls were all smart, taking us right into the next century as far as technological developments go. The successful outcome of any congress has to include our friends from commerce, and as SATS members we salute you for your ongoing support!

Emotionally we were taken back to our roots when we celebrated Nurses day with the lamp ceremony on the 12th May. Listening to the beautiful words of the Nurses pledge, reminded us why we chose this profession, and what our responsibilities are to those that we care for!

The International flair that was given to our prestigious congress was enhanced by the presence of our colleagues from the International Federation of Peri-operative Nurses. Not only did they let us share information about the congress on their website but their participation as speakers ,brought knowledge and understanding to our members, on the unique problems that we as peri-operative nurses share globally. We certainly hope that this is only the beginning of many more such events. The educational value and the networking between our groups can never be emphasized enough! I am sure their participation in the pajama party, and joining us for our Awards ceremony and Gala evening will have given our International colleagues in site into the way we social, but also honor those that has left a Legacy of Excellence. Thank you for having your meeting in South Africa!

If you had the opportunity to visit the SATS Stand you would have made contact with Madeleine and Carol. Not only do they publish our Journal, but they are always there when we need them at congress time! Thank you! Your support and involvement with SATS is much appreciated!

It is however with concern that we have noted that although we had a better than expected number of delegates attending; financially it is becoming more difficult for members to carry the costs of attending congress. It is important that all SATS members keep this in mind, and that they will encourage colleagues to join SATS. Your membership money will assist us to organize the next and the next congress, and to do it in away that is professional, educational, and of a high standard.

SATS Gauteng wishes to once again thank IFPN, Marianne and her team, all members of the trade, but mostly you, our members for your ongoing support. All our best wishes goes to the WESTERN CAPE chapter, we know you will do well! We will see you all at our next Study day in AUGUST, when we continue to build our Legacy of Excellence!!

Villi Pieterse 082 747 7187

SATS Pretoria Programme 2011

26 February: “Time & Money versus sterility” and Annual General meeting – Femina Clinic
10 – 13 May: SATS Congress – Johannesburg
27 August: “From top to bottom” Eyes & Urology - venue to be announced
15 October: Polokwane Workshop HIV – morning
24 November: Morning tea

For more information: Contact Frieda du Toit on 012 317 6814