"What I don't know is that my benefits of 10 years’ service have been eroded or not‚" she said.
Dongo added that hiring new nurses meant that there was an increase in the staff complement at the country's public health institutions but that did not alter the fact that nurses needed to get what was due to them.
"We still need what's due to us because‚ even if there are numbers in hospital‚ it's hopeless when it's a de-motivated lot with poor working conditions‚" he said.
Last year health minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the current nurse staffing complement (16‚000) was equal to levels in 1980 at independence when the country's population was estimated to be a little over 7 million.
A 2012 census put the country’s population at 13 million at a time when the government had frozen the hiring of nurses because it was faced with a mirage of economic problems that led to a brain drain and hospitals failure to provide basic healthcare.
Figures from the Health Services Board (HSB) indicate that to operate at a basic level‚ government should effectively hire 8‚000 nurses.