My working environment is very demanding and extremely busy. As the Administration Clerk, I am working with all Units. It is not easy, but I am coping
A typical day at work
- Would be when every division within the Pharmaceutical Depot, bring their own duty/responsibilities to me to do it for them when they go out for refreshment or just being there in the Office browsing the internet, whilew my own work stack and meeting with the deadlines and having no one to help me out.
What I have Learned
- I have learned to do my work/responsibilities on time so that when the need to assist others arise find me ready and prepared to carry on with the team.
- The management, seems to be disorganised per se. With the lack of the Senior Manager in our Division, a lot of thing are stack and people do as they please, if you are in the lower Position like myself, you are cought in the unfortunate sit,being less payed with more Job to do and being preasurerised by your senior saying that, colleaques if you are stacked in your Office Call him he will releve you......forgeting your Job discription.
My - Co-Workers
- All of them are qualified Pharmacists - and all they do is to gossip when I enter the office they keep quite, no more talking, but the very same people are the ones who also comes back to me and demand not asking me to help them with their Job, but demanding me to do their Job given the Authority by Sister Boss.
The Hardest Part of the Job
- It is very hard to manage my activities and their activities at ones. Especially on Wednesdays and Thursday where I have to generate the invites and book venues for
ProsLunch is at 13:00 - 14:00
ConsI oftenly work long hours without compensation and now I am used to it since is occuring every week.
Doris Goodwin Hosspital is situated in Pietermaritzburg just behind the Edendale mall.It is a speciased MDR-TB Hospital.
- My typical day at work at 7:30 am I assume my duties at by signing the register. Then go to the social services ofiice for the debriefing and quick meeting.8:00 am I go to the wards for the ward routine.The hospital has 5 wards,being two for males,two for women and one for children's ward.In the wardswe do life skills talks with patients.eg. social grants,teenage pregnancy,self descipline,budgeting,linking the discharge patients with DOTS supporters,follow up cases,support groups and home visits where neccessary. I work up until four 4:00 o'clock.
- what I've leant is puntuality,listining dkills,conflict management,communication with the small and large group of people and I also leaned that I empathyse not sympathise with the case I came across.
- I report to my surpervisor(social worker) who report directly to the hospital manager.
- My co-workers:We work as multy-disciplinary team consisting of a Social Services Derpatment,Dietatics,Nursing stuff,Radiology,Phamacy,Human Resources,Finance,Labour Relations,Administration,Stores,Laundry and Housekeeping.
- The hardest part of my job is the risk involves,as the hospital is an MDR-TB infected patients.These are infectiouse deaseses of which I am exposed to.Dealing with patients with behavioral problems.eg. being manipulative,incorrect information they give which makes a challenge when they die in hospi
ProsLearn to assist others in community development
An agree employee went to staff relations office to complain that I did not implement her Pay Progression (performance money) then my co workers informed me that there is a case that has been launched against me and the managent is also aware of there compalint, Then staff relations came to me to enquire about the complaint. I was shocked but then i took out the file of the employee to find out what happend.
I checked I found out that the employee does not qualify because she was still on probation and you have to wait for two years in order to qualify. what I have learned is that most of the employees does not read what is written on their appointment letters and its our responsibility to inform them with the procedure because if they see that others are getting money and they will assume they also qualify. but I called that employee I explained to her showed her the policy and I also explained to her lines of communication because she was supposed to come to me first to find out why she did not get the money before taking the matter to staff relations. She understood and apologies. I gave the feedback to management and they were impressed because i was not there one who made a mistake.
The most hardest part with my job is that you must be aware of all the policies and legislation because it is easy to make mistake if you are not aware of the latest circulars.
There most enjoyable part of my jobs you always learn new things you and you became confident even if staff
ConsYou work so hard and put all your effort but there is no recgnition and there is lack of promotion
Doing anthropometrical measurements to assess nutritional status
Evaluating patient’s nutritional needs
Producing plans/providing guidelines for patients based on their specific dietary needs and requirements
Producing nutrition guidelines and menus for managing chronic and life-threatening diseases
Explaining a patient’s dietary plan and what they are expected to gain from it
Providing nutritional counselling, support and advice to adults and children
Providing health & nutritional advice to pregnant and lactating women, as well as assisting lactating woman to initiate breastfeeding
Working with parents of disabled children, to ensure that their nutritional needs are met
Ensuring all data and records are kept up to date and stored correctly in compliance with various hospital policies
Oﬀering support with feeding tubes and prescribing enteral feeds (Botshabelo Hospital does not work with parenteral nutrition, but I am fully trained and confident to work with TPN's)
Working with a variety of teams, including the hospital food service unit with regards to the needs of the patients
Liaising with GP's to discuss their patient’s conditions and needs
Organizing and participating in meetings, group sessions and out-patient clinics
Regularly attending multi-disciplinary team meetings
Producing informational material, including leaflets, diet sheets, posters and PowerPoint presentations to be utilized for educational purposes
The Department of Health has assisted in teaching and allowing me to grow in the field of Human Resources. The management is always there for us.
Having to carry out multiple tasks in my previous jobs I have been acquired the following skills: planning and organizing skills, research skills, problem solving, accuracy, presentation skills, time management skills, leadership and interpersonal skills, good communication (written and verbal) skills, and the ability to work with people at all levels.
In my previous experiences I had to lead, organise and coordinate events, travel to attend meetings and perform certain tasks, solve problems, make decisions, use different systems to accomplish daily tasks and deliver through other people by encouraging everyone involved to participate. I believe that I am successful in leading because I am assertive, yet empathetic in addition to being dependable and accountable for everything I do.
My previous duties involved being in contact with and assisting the public, thus, i was required to maintain superior standards of communication and customer orientation. The jobs I have participated in have been both enjoyable and valuable in that they offered me the opportunity to gain work experience and develop myself. In these jobs I had to do things I have never done before. This was made easier by the fact that I am willing to learn, knowledgeable and adapt easily to change. Some of the things I learnt from these experiences include the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds, the value of patience, the ability to meet deadlines and to think on my feet when working u
Programme is more challenging and is a priority with demend
The job is secured but the programme is wide and covers a lot of areas which is difficult to reach all the areas due to limited resources such as transport which is affecting service delivery. Team work is imperative and integration of programmes. I have gained a lot in this department as I am working in the PHC setting where prevention and promotion of health is done to decrease number of admissions to the hospitals. Now there is MDG Countdown and Mom connect which are the strategies used to work towards reaching the targets by 2015 as it is the mandate of National Minister of Health. Management needs some one who is creative. leadership skills ,good communicator and think out of the box so as to loosen the bottlenecks .Ensure quality health care is rendered through identification of risk and development of improvement plans. Subordinates need support, mentoring and coaching. Identification of training gaps through skills audit among the staff so that in service and training can be conducted .to improve their performance .
The enjoyable time when we are conducting campaign reaching the target group out there in the communities. Conduct engagement with them where one can listen to their concerns ,complaints and compliments. Adherence of the department to regulations, policies .protocols and guidelines for the smooth running of the units. Budget is not allocated for the programme as priority so that its performance can improve.
ProsAvailability of subsidy vehicles for the qualifying candidates
It is one of the largest districts in SA. It is always busy in this productive environment, so you are always learning something new. It is good to keep the work you do interesting.
I have a good team, and I make it that way so that we work well and the outputs are good. I always learn that there is more to learn and keep my mind open to the possibilities. I have also learned that internal politics can break a person if one does not look at things objectively and not take it personally. One needs to be prepared for challenges it is everywhere. The trick is to embrace it and it becomes manageable.
We have people from all walks of life here and everyone is different, yet we are all the same basically. We get along...we cope...we are there for each other when needed to show support...they can be fun too...and amusing. There are no hard parts to the job, just rules to follow...and understanding when needed. The more feedback and education the clients get the more likely they will have better understanding and the tools they need , and they become better service providers. i am proud that even clients that are not mine prefer to come to me to get what they need...I must be doing something right.....COULD it be my beautiful smile:)LOL
The best part of my job is I have a purpose, I like to think I work smart (always looking for improvements) and get paid for it. I find that experience teaches one to be less afraid of circumstances. To act rather than react.
ConsLong hours, Appropriate managers for the posts, not enough interesting learning initiatives as dept doesnt have money, No upward mobility in my post in terms of performance.
because of the Following knowledge: Procure goods and services using Procurement Plan.
Capture suppliers details on supplier database and maintain a departmental database
Ensuring that rotation of suppliers take place.
Obtain quotations from suppliers on the departmental supplier database or using any appropriate sourcing method.
Assist users with drafting terms of references and specifications of goods or services.
Compile requests for bids/quotes and ensure relevant forms are attached.
Coordinate and attend briefing sessions to give clarity to prospective bidders on SCM processes in terms of SCM prescripts.
Evaluate quotations and bids by applying the relevant PPPFA preference point system.
Ensure compliance to all SCM prescripts and Treasury Regulations.
Approve/capture awarded suppliers on Logistical Information System.
Performing Demand management duties: Market Research
Prepare the commitment register of the procurement of goods and services.
Taking quotations and VA2 forms to cost containment committee meeting
Submit orders to internal control unit (Pre-Audit) for prior certificate according to P.F.MA.
Secretary of Bid Evaluation Committee.
Communicating with suppliers, ordering, receiving and issuing supplies.
Issue goods to end-users within the institution.
Stores Administration: maintaining the bin and ledger card systems and updating the relevant records accordingly.
Very nice-self driven, no pressure but no motivating as there are no challenges.everything is always the same as yesterday. Sometimes frustrating no money to pay employees their benefits due to them for two to three year. everyday employees will come and cry to you.
I've learned patience if you dont have patiency you are at the wrong place. I've also learnt to always take initiative otherwise you are going now where no one will push you
Management-i think it is very poor. How can Doctors and other Professionals be supervised by the Head that has Grade 12 only. That person cannot take decision on his own and he sometimes does not know even the priorities of the departmenet, worse national priorieties. Fear of unknow always and not open to new changes that will improve the standard of the institution.
Co-workers are very good , its nice being with them.
Hardest part of the job- is to issue a dismissal letter to someone, although you know that he deserves that, he has worked for it but it is very difficult.
Most enjoyable-To recruit and say to someone you have bee appointed. To know that eveybody is happy because she/he has receive all her monies due to her by the end of the months. To give information to someone about any developments , changes that are going to happen within the department. in fact i real enjoy my Job, i like my field so i am ever happy when i do my job.
ProsFree Lunch is good, you save
ConsLong hours yes bet if something need to be done is good
the aim for Health is to deliver quality health care services to the eastern cape citizens
currently working under events management , we have a planned calendar of events. we assist each section on how to organise events succesfully. we become part of planning sitting in their meetings in order to guide and assist them in advertising of the event and with invitations. on the day of the event we provide them with the department branding of the venue, pa system, photo shooting, writing of the story/ article if necessary.
what Ive learned is that I can do anything I set my mind to and that work is learned at work every day you improve as long as you are willing to be corrected.
management they differ in character and how they do things but I choose to take one positive thing in each of them that is to love my job and deliver at the end of the day.
co-workers, we get along fine but we also have different goals, some are happy with what they have and do some are still ambitious wanting to do more and climb up the ladder.
hardest part of the job is travelling alot all over eastern cape every week not having enough time to be with my family
I enjoy it its fulfilling for me especially doing events as I get to meet different people with different cultures and get to learn a lot from them as well.
Prosgoing for conferences, booked in hotels
Conswe travel a lot during week ends and might travel for long hours arriving home at 11 :00 at night
Department of Health gives a lot of opportunities for Nurses and Midwives in the Philippines. Working with the DOH helps me gain knowledge and courage to help and talk with confidence to the public through health teachings and health awareness. Giving informations regarding the needs of the people and offering health services for free and having acknowledged and appreciated by some people in the barrio makes the work worth while.
I worked with DOH for a year and a half. I was residing in Aklan and able to assigned near my hometown. I was first able to get the NDP Cadre (Nurse II), with a salary of 26k. I was overwhelmed of the salary and also got excited to work because it was indeed my first time working as a community nurse. Was able to work efficiently and effectively in my barrio together with my co-NDPs, they were able to assist and help me with my work. We travelled barrio to barrio. Rode a habal-habal to reach the unreachables. Even tried the bamboo raft to cross the river to another barrio where a lot of people needs the service. Some families were not able to go across the wild rivers due to lack of money to pay for the transportation as well as the hours spent walking just to get to the RHU, instead they buy foods rather than paying a centavo to the taga sagwan and habal habal drivers. Every designated barrios has its own Barangay Health Stations wherein, the Midwife and NDP assigned is the one visiting the place to conduct health programs and health teachings; i
ProsHigh Salary. Good Community experience
ConsContractual (di ka pa sure kung maisasali ka sa next list of deployment nila)
great sense of team work, stressful work environment
my role was a busy one with a high level of tasks to be achieved. There was a difficult balance to be struck between available resources and the needs of the client. this added to the work pressure. the service was going through a lot of structural changes which were difficult to adjust to in an already stressed work environment.
i had the pleasure of working directly with children and families which was a positive part of the job for me. i conducted in dept assessments with families and supported parents to better meet the needs of their children in a safe way. i liaised with a number of services involved with the child/family and build positive long term working relationships with the clients and professionals alike.
i also had the benefit of working within a team which was a positive to the job also. being able to support and get support from a colleague is a great help in the working environment. i feel i am an excellent team player, a good support to my colleagues and have supervised two students in my position to date.
my work day could be very varied from office work to direct engagement with the clients or other professionals. i would have engaged in on going assessments, written reports on families for court, case conferences etc, attended meetings, met with the clients, supervised accesses between children and parents, met with foster carers and residential centers.
i worked under the supervision of my team leader who was my direct line manager. i also would
Prosworking with children and families to work towards positive change
• Has a wide and excellent background in nursing education and disaster nursing course • A nurse trained by the Department of Health – Heath Emergency
Acted as an Emergency Officer On Duty at the Department of Health- Health Emergency Management Bureau with the following functions:
Monitor minor and major health and health related emergencies and disasters thru all types of media and provide such information to the Secretary of Health
Dispatch or mobilizes medical teams whenever emergencies needing human resources from the national government was monitored
Review, analyze, and evaluate reports submitted by reporting offices and make such reports available for the consumption of the Secretary of Health, other government agencies and partners
Answer public queries related to health and refer accordingly when necessary
Acted as one of the Supervisor of the Health Emergency Management Staff- Operation Center with the following functions:
Oversee the day-to-day management of the Operation Center as a monitoring, communications, and coordinating arm of the agency in emergencies and disaster nationwide
Review and formulate policies, guidelines and protocols of the HEMS Operation Center
Accomplish and lead in the data gathering, collection of information, processing, analysis, preparation, dissemination and documentation of all reports and information of the Operation Center to decision makers and stakeholders on a regular basis and as the needs arise
Initiate capability building strategies for Operation Center staff
Lead in the conduct of monitoring and evaluation activities to enhance Operation Center systems
ProsAcquired great skills and knowledge in emergency and disaster response operations.
• Display a high degree of integrity, compassion and responsibility towards the client population
• Assessed, planned, implemented, and evaluated professional nursing services in clinic and community settings.
• Administered medication and treatments in accordance with prescribed medical instructions.
• Provided specific instructions in community setting and clinics regarding the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
• Maintained clinic and field records in accordance with standard protocol for documentation.
• Evaluated education/outreach program operations and recommended changes in organization and procedures as required meeting program objectives.
• Served as facilitator for Spanish speaking patients, and provided translation for clinicians.
• Participated in quality assurance activities, developed reports based on findings and recommended corrective measures.
• Obtained a comprehensive health history and performed appropriate tests when applicable to identify individual and family needs and facilitated treatment plan of care.
• Developed and implemented education and outreach services in accordance with regulations.
• Liaison with community organizations to carry out health education programs and other services as deemed appropriate.
• Delivered contraceptive methods counseling, education and assessment for initial use as well as ongoing evaluation for method continuation.
• Provided scientific based and culturally acceptable health education within the clinic, field or telephone based with a focus on disease prevention, wellness, and manag
Memorable, Productive and Enthusiastic Work Experience
Our main responsibility was to maintains the public's health by providing health services and information by:
Serving patients by visiting homes; determining patient and family needs; developing health care plans; providing nursing services and treatments; referring patients with social and emotional problems to other community agencies. Helps the community health care team by coordinating assessment, planning, and providing of needed health and related services; participating in case conferences with physicians, hospital and rehabilitative personnel, and representative of other agencies. Provides health information by instructing family in care and rehabilitation of patient; maintaining health and prevention of disease for family members; teaching home nursing, maternal and child care; providing instructions in other subjects related to individual and community welfare. Safeguards health of children by participating in child health conferences, school health; providing group instruction for parents; conducting immunization programs.
Improves quality results by studying, evaluating, and recommending changes in processes; implementing changes. Keeps supplies ready by inventorying stock; placing orders; verifying receipt. Documents actions by completing forms, reports, logs, and patient records. Avoids legal challenges by complying with legal requirements; keeping patient information confidential. Updates public health job knowledge by participating in educational opportuni
Productive and busy department dealing with varying health issues in the community and environment.
The Environment Health Office dealt with a variety of concerns including the inspection and licensing of a number of premises throughout the Island. These included food establishments, restaurants, grocery stores, beauty salons/spas, childcare establishments/nurseries and several others. The inspectors would go out into their assigned sections and inspect the properties for cleanliness, functionality and provide advice to property owners on how to meet the necessary requirements in order to keep their businesses open. My job consisted of producing correspondence, typing letters to business owners and the processing and issuance of health certification.
Everyone worked as a very cohesive team, not only providing a needed service, but having a few laughs along the way. The Chief Officer worked well with the staff, graciously opening her home to after hour activities on Friday evenings. She could be very stern and strict with work, but was always pleasant and promoted the positive attitude and encouraged staff growth. I also had the opportunity to work as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer, during his assistant's illness. This gave me the chance to associate with other members of the department and learn the workings of the Ministry office. It should be noted that I split my time between the two offices, doing two entirely jobs concurrently. The hardest part of my job was actually when I left to pursue another career option. However, I have ma
ProsGreat working environment; very comfortable and relaxed.
Immunizations Profile Child Program - Duties here often varied, however the vaccine orders were always mandatory and top priority.
An allotment we set for each local health jurisdiction that we paid close attention to and helped to ration out accordingly. We had regular meetings to implement the new database system that was underway, we were a part of the test team to help troubleshoot to find glitches and input ideas to make the system easy to understand and use by all members from LHJ's, DOH and CDC.
Nursing Commission - At the start of the day I checked my calendar, read emails and corresponded as needed. I then checked with my supervisor to see if she had additional tasks she wanted done in addition to my what I currently had. In a notebook I logged my tasks with due dates and by priority, Since I mostly supported the education advisor and the scope of practice nurse I didn't have a lot of involvement with my lateral peers until our commission meetings that occurred every other month,
I have learned a lot from both the Nursing Commission and the Immunizations Program at DOH - the Department of Health. I learned how to create surveys, create website links and postings, learned and became very familiar with various database systems just to name a few things.
I really enjoyed meeting and talking to the commission members, local health jurisdiction's, and program leads along with co-workers. It was fun networking with people to learn about the progr
A typical day at work is seeing an average of 25 patients a day, where i get to encounter a disgruntled patient,doing at least 1 bedside radiography and full bladder scan patients vying to to be seen first.
One thing i have learnt is to be patient and always try to be humble whilst attending patients,be tender-hearted for them, and to have passion for the work i do.
Management is challenging at times, in terms of procurement of equipment. But overall i think the management staffs are doing their best in running this hospital.
My coworkers are excellent, i appreciate the relationship i have with the nurses, medical officers, aides and the support staffs. I think good communication skills is one important factor in maintaining a good relationship in any workplace
The hardest part of my job, is trying to shorten the waiting time for patients, when I work alone doing x-rays and ultrasound. Also when I am faced with a difficult case, and there is no Radiologist on the island to consult with, however i am grateful for my colleagues overseas for helping out when i need them.
The most enjoyable part of my job is helping in diagnosing a patient that in the end he/she is successfully treated . Also is, seeing a rare positive case in an ultrasound image or x-ray, even though it's not something to be glad about for the sake of the patient. However when you read on a pathology that is uncommon in your region , and you get to find out yourself, where there is no one to gi
Prostax free, utilities, free, free accomodation
Conslong hours with no overtime payment
Questions And Answers about Department Of Health
How did you feel about telling people you worked at Department Of Health?
Asked 08 Apr 2017
To provide the public with innovative service delivery and help to save and preserve lives. Educate them on health related issues.
Answered 15 Sept 2018
To serve the community
Answered 24 Jul 2018
How are the working hours at Department Of Health?
Asked 30 Mar 2017
From 07h30 to 16h30
Answered 10 Jul 2019
The working hours at at Department is 14 hours its depend how busy you are
Answered 24 Jul 2018
What is the company culture at Department Of Health?
Asked 08 Apr 2017
To not get tired of the those who are looking for help from you
Answered 24 Jul 2018
Do not be a hero and u must pay HPCA very year to keep yourself as registered
Answered 08 Jan 2018
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Department Of Health? What are the steps along the way?
Asked 03 Apr 2017
It's all about whom you know, not what you know. No matter you qualify it does matter. Posts are reserved for certain people. Nothing new , it's all known ,But sooner or later they will be prosecuted for CORREPTION
Answered 29 Oct 2019
First apply for the according to your qualifications to the releavent company and then go to interveiw
Answered 08 Jan 2018
How should you prepare for an interview at Department Of Health?