Port Shepstone nurse tops

2011-10-24 00:00

PORT Shepstone Regional Hospital is celebrating after one of its staff nurses recently topped the province with the best nursing diploma results in the class of 2011.

Nompumelelo Beauty Nyawosa (44) qualified as a professional nurse after completing a two-year diploma in general nursing in the class of 2011.

Nyawosa, who is from Gamalakhe, scored the highest mark in KwaZulu-Natal, achieving over 90% in her exams, which secured her an honours pass.

“I didn’t expect this because I’m not young any more. It came as a big surprise. I can’t explain how excited I am!”

Nyawosa started at the hospital in 1997 as a general nursing assistant.

She started studying to become a nurse in 2003 after which she became part of the nursing staff, but her dream does not stop there.

“I like to help people and care for the sick that is why I wanted to become a nurse,” she said.

“I want to eventually specialise in midwifery, and with the support of my family and hospital staff I know I will.”

Nyawosa’s husband died in 2007 and she was left to raise their three children aged 16, 14 and eight at the time.

“It was a very difficult time, to balance my studies while working and being a single parent.

“There were times when I had to put them aside for my studies because I wanted to improve their lives by bettering myself.”

Nyawosa's dedication and sacrifice and the support from her children is shown in her success.

“They are so proud of me and this is all because of them. They supported me so much,” she added.

A spokesperson for the hospital, Phumza Morai, said the management and staff applauded Nyawosa success.

“We are very proud to have someone of her calibre on our nursing staff. We congratulate her on this great accolade. Well done, Nompumelelo!”

Morai said Nyawosa’s achievment will make a contribution to the hospital “as it continues to provide a sustainable, co-ordinated, integrated and comprehensive high-quality healthcare service to all in the Ugu district”.

“This allows her to perform clinical procedures and assist in the development of healthcare at our hospital.”

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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