Celebrating a day for nurses

2019-05-16 06:00
Thando Lubambo, senior professional nurse at Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, shares his views on International Day for Nurses, celebrated annually on 12 May.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Thando Lubambo, senior professional nurse at Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, shares his views on International Day for Nurses, celebrated annually on 12 May.PHOTO: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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“To have our work acknowledged internationally, noted and appreciated, is encouraging.”

These were words of Thando Lubambo, a senior professional nurse at Ikhwezi Clinic in Nomzamo, when asked about the commemoration of International Nurses’ Day, annually celebrated worldwide on 12 May.

He believes this day gives nurses a great deal of encouragement for the contribution they make to society.

Lubambo told City Vision that despite all the challenges nurses face, many find the job “fulfilling”.

“The feeling of going to bed at night, knowing you are making a difference or have helped someone, makes a huge difference. You feel so good. Even if it’s one person, it goes a long way,” he said.

“And that is what keeps us here, despite the many challenges we have. To me, I would say, making a difference in people’s lives is a great fulfilment and I believe this profession goes with spirituality as well.”

The father of two, who has been in the nursing profession for 14 years, appealed to communities to appreciate the clinics they have, as these institutions belong to them.

“We can leave here tomorrow and work somewhere else, but the clinic will remain here to help you,” he pointed out.

“If things are not going well, there are committees they can report to or take part in.”

Reacting to the myth that nurses are supposed to be women-only, Lubambo said: “It is important to have men in this profession, for it shows this work can be done by anyone. It is not gender-specific.

“We know men don’t easily open up, but when they deal with other men they can easily share their challenges.”

Lubambo said it also helps to have male nurses, as they are in an advantageous position to deal with the boys that come to the clinic before embarking on cultural circumcision.

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