As nursing responsibilities and level of clinical competencies increase, so does the expected workload. It is a rare insight in a ward manager supervising a ward or Unit to immediately respond to nursing shortage with additional pairs of hands in his/her department until an omission or commission has been observed. We need to be proactive with nursing shortage in all nursing subspecialities than reactive.
I have always had this unique foresight of how incredibly soothing the mbira sound does to patients with mental health challenges. One day in May 1994 I brought a traditional instrument called MBIRA in Zimbabwe to a large tertiary psychiatric hospital and played it to very disturbed Schizophrenic and Bipolar patients in one ward I was working.The results were short of amazing. The patients stopped and sat down to listen and began saying that the music was wonderful and their disturbed behaviour appeared to have vanished. This resulted in my colleagues requesting more episodes like these and I gladly responded like-wise. The 4 years I worked at this tertiary Psychiatric hospital never saw me without music in the ward: with wonderful results too.