Ladies with the lamp honoured

2016-05-19 06:00
 Patient Tiauna Petersen sharing a hug with her carer Enrolled Nursing Assistant Xoliswa Mqolombeni in aid of Nurses day.

Patient Tiauna Petersen sharing a hug with her carer Enrolled Nursing Assistant Xoliswa Mqolombeni in aid of Nurses day.

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Thursday last week was International Nurse’s Day, and did the “ladies with the lamps” feel the thrill that day.

The celebrations are held each year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

This year, the celebrations were held under the theme, ‘Nurses: A force for change: improving health systems’ resilience.’

Pelisa Konco, a professional nurse at the Site B clinic, said the day is important as it recognises the good work that nurses do in the world.

“We work very hard and we are dedicated to our work. It is important to celebrate the day as it encourages us to keep-on doing the good work in our communities.

We also pledge to serve the community unconditionally. We remind ourselves about the reasons we chose the profession. We do have challenges such as working extra hours and having to deal with rude patients, but we remain calm,” Konco said.

There are about 135 nurses at the clinic.

They were also given presents and there were motivational speeches.

Beauty Botlane , who has been in the nursing profession for 11 years, also shared her experience with the younger nurses and also told them to be passionate about their work.

Nurse Thembeka Nokhatywa, who has been a professional nurse for nine years, said “nursing is about touching people’s lives”.

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, MEC for Health, celebrated the day at Groote Schuur Hospital where she said nursing is about a calling.

“Nursing is not just a vocation but a calling – it is not only about providing a health service but is also about advancing the dignity of people by providing quality person centred care.

Nurses who are at the health system’s coalface not only provide quality patient care but are crucial to empowering clients with knowledge that will allow them to make healthy lifestyle choices which prevent illness,” she said in a prepared speech.

Mbombo added that crime and violence are societal issues which threaten the effective functioning of the health system.

Mbombo said her department has spent R175 382 000 in the past year providing security services at health centres.

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