Graduation: MEC congratulates nurses as they complete training

2009-09-16 00:00

THE first group of 2 062 new nurses from the KZN Health Depatment’s nursing colleges graduated at the Durban City Hall yesterday.

Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo congratulated the graduates and reminded them that nursing is a noble profession that is still regarded as a calling. He said they were dealing with people’s lives and that in most developing countries where there is a scarcity of doctors, nurses are respected, appreciated and held in high esteem.

“We also appreciate the over-arching role that you play as professionals because in this country the responsibility of a nurse goes far beyond the act of receiving people into the world and being the last ones to close their eyes when they pass on,” Dhlomo said.

He added that nurses have to be the patients’ advocates and their physical care-givers, and to deal with both the patients’ and their families’ emotional needs. “They have to be the mother to the motherless, the father to the fatherless and the counsellors to those in distress.”

Dhlomo called on nurses to remember that health is a human right. He urged them to uphold the nobility of the profession by going about their work with honesty, integrity, respect and compassion.

The nurses who graduated yesterday completed a four-year nurse training programme. Further graduation ceremonies will be held today in Durban and next Wednesday in Newcastle.

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