Grey’s nurse to head nursing services in KZN

2014-10-06 00:00

HARD work and dedication have paid off for two Pietermaritzburg nurses who have been chosen to move up through the ranks of their profession.

As a result, Grey’s Hospital now has a new nursing manager and the previous incumbent has been promoted to the position of the head of nursing in KZN.

Former Grey’s Hospital nursing manager Cynthia Sosibo began her new position as senior nursing services manager last week, while professional nurse Tracey “KT” McKenzie took over reins from Sosibo to be the new nursing manager at Grey’s.

Sosibo said she has a passion for helping people, especially the sick, and that she was inspired to be a nurse by her mother, who was also a nurse. Before her promotion to head office, Sosibo worked at Grey’s Hospital for nearly four years.

Grey’s Hospital’s chief executive officer Dr Ben Bilenge said he was very proud to have worked with such an amazing woman who was fully committed to her job. “We are very happy that one of our Grey’s Hospital employees got this post,” he said.

“McKenzie has been part of the Grey’s Hospital family for many years. She knows the ins and outs of this place very well. To us it’s just continuity,” Bilenge added.

Sosibo said she will be taking the pressure as it comes. She saw the previous job as a learning curve. “I am very excited. It’s a new position in KZN. There will be a lot of challenges because everything will commence from scratch,” she said.

The long-serving McKenzie, who started her nursing career in 1981, told The Witness she is now in charge of the nursing component of the hospital, for recruiting new staff and making sure that the nursing staff do their jobs properly, “because the hospital prioritises its patients”.

McKenzie is also in charge of facilitating practices at the KwaZulu-Natal College of Nursing, which is in a partnership with the Grey’s nursing college.

“I feel very excited about the challenge. I can make a difference in the community,” she added.

She trained as a nurse for three years at Grey’s Hospital in 1981 and did her midwifery at Addington Hospital in Durban between 1984 and 1985. She has been at Grey’s ever since.

• siso.naile@witness.co.za

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