Local nurse has a passion for helping others

2018-09-20 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedLissa Naidoo made her dream of becoming a nurse come true in 2017.

PHOTO: suppliedLissa Naidoo made her dream of becoming a nurse come true in 2017.

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REGISTERED Tongaat nurse Lissa Naidoo is one of the young women in the community aiming to make remarkable strides in developing primary healthcare in her community.

Coastal Weekly sat down with Naidoo to find out more on how she is achieving her dream of helping others.

Andile Sithole (AS): Tell us about yourself.

Lissa Naidoo (LN): I was born on October 24, 1992 in Richards Bay and have been residing in Tongaat for the past nine years.

AS: Where did you study?

LN: I completed my schooling at Tongaat Secondary. I passed matric with a bachelor’s pass.

AS: Tell us about your career, was nursing your first choice?

LN: My lifetime dream since I was a little girl was to be a nurse or paediatrician. Ever since I can remember I never faltered or changed my mind about this passion. I always believed that nursing is a great gift from God, to help, comfort, show understanding and empathy for all human beings.

In 2013, I applied for a bursary with the Department of Health to study for a diploma in nursing as I did not have the finances to study at university.

I was accepted and started studying at RK Khan College of Nursing as a bursary holder in 2014.

This was a four-year comprehensive course, a R425 diploma in general nursing, community nursing, midwifery and psychiatry.

It was a difficult and exciting course in which I had to make a lot of sacrifices. However, I had the support, motivation and inspiration from my family, my husband, baby girl, mother and father. In 2017 I completed the course Cum Laude with an overall aggregate of 93%.

Today, I am a proud registered nurse who loves my profession and I aspire for a greater achievement to render the best quality care for my patients.

AS: We just wrapped up Women’s Month — what is your message to other women who want to pursue a career in nursing?

LN: My message to all women who aspire to be a nurse or to succeed in any other profession is this — everything about the future is uncertain, but nothing is ever too hard for you to do if your faith is strong and your purpose is true.

Always feed your vision with hope and positive energy. Like the great Nelson Mandela once said: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

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