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The idea of forming an Association of Nurses in Fiji was first mooted at a gathering of 6 locally trained nurses on the 27th October 1956 at S/N Varanisese Daunibau’s residence, Talasiga Street, Suva.pic_09.jpg
With the help and encouragement given by the late Ravuama Vunivalu, the late Sir Maurice Scott and the then Minister for Education, the Hon. Semesa Sikivou, a draft constitution was formulated and a membership drive commenced. This resulted in the recruitment of 25 members.
On 5 January 1957, the new Association held its first Annual Conference in Suva and of the ninety-seven nurses who had since joined, 60 attended.
Today (2008) membership stands at over 1400 or 87% of all nurses employed by the Government of Fiji. Membership is open to any nurse who is registered and practicing in Fiji plus persons in training for the occupation of nursing (i.e. student nurses). Nurses Aides, Nurse Auxiliaries and Medical orderlies are also eligible for membership.
The Association has 20 branches situated in various centers throughout Fiji.
On 23 March 1977, the Government of Fiji officially gave the Association recognition for Collective Bargaining purposes under the provisions of the Trade Unions (Recognition) Act, 1976. With this recognition the Association is a professional and Trade Union body that can legally negotiate and represent members in employment relations and collective bargaining purposes.
The Association continues to work feverishly to maintain  improved working conditions for nurses despite the challenges that Fiji faces today.

Responsibility of Association Leaders

In any democratic organization (whether it is a union, a co-operative society or the government of a country), those who are elected to govern or to lead are responsible to the electorate, the executive committee and officers of a union are responsible to the general body of members which elected the. This means that the officers and committees are under an obligation to report to the members on all Association affairs and the reports are open to critical discussion. It is also up to every member to make sure that these reports are given regularly. Members of the Association are encouraged to provide feedback to the FNA secretariat on issues that can be taken up to the Ministry of Health and Public Service Commission.

Democracy in the Associationpic_08.jpg

It is not easy to define ‘Democracy’. Democracy means self-government as opposed to government of the majority by a small group or class. In a democracy, all people accept and are governed by the same rules which a majority of them approve, minorities are not oppressed.
But democracy is more than a way of government; it means more than voting in or standing for elections. It is way of life or an attitude towards life and it is the most progressive way of life in which there is no discrimination and where all people are free and have equal opportunities.

All Members are Equal

It is true that some members do more for the Association than others but the member who does more (by serving on a committee or accepting office) does not receive any greater benefits from her Association membership. The committee and officers are the leaders of the Association and therefore have some influence on other members, however every member is equal in his/her right as a member of the Association. Good leadership ensures that every Association activity is designed to protect and benefit all members.

All Officers and Committee Members are elected by Memberspic_10.jpg

Leaders must reflect the aspirations of the members and it is therefore only from the members that the leaders should come. Get the help and advice of outsiders by all means but let the policy be controlled exclusively by the members. Members must therefore nominate strong and fair members for leadership positions. 

 

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