A day to value nurses

2018-05-16 06:00
Nicole Govender with her Nursing Excellence Award for 2018.PHOTO: supplied

Nicole Govender with her Nursing Excellence Award for 2018.PHOTO: supplied

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INTERNATIONAL Nurses’ Day was celebrated on May 12. Staff at Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg took the time to recognise nurses who chose the career of caring.

The hospital awarded Nicole Govender the annual Nursing Excellence Award in recognition of the dedication she invests into caring for her patients and supporting her colleagues. The award is most significant because nominations are made by nursing peers who work tirelessly alongside each other ensuring the best possible patient outcomes.

Govender has been with Mediclinic for years and works in the critical care unit. She is compassionate, supportive and always goes the extra mile for all her patients. Govender is a vital part of the CCU team. She was selected as Mediclinic Pietermaritzburg 2018 award winner because she is a shining example to her colleagues. Our nurses make it their life’s mission to help others recover and maintain healthy lives, or to support them and their families where recovery is not possible.

The specific date is chosen as an international tribute to the profession that coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday and allows us to celebrate the valuable work our nurses are doing. Mediclinic believes that nurses are a vital component of a healthy community. Nurses are born to care and we believe in training and nurturing them to fulfil this role.

“Mediclinic’s Nursing Excellence Award is an opportunity to recognise those nurses who give of themselves daily in caring for others; nurses who believe that delivering on patients’ expectations is an essential part of who they are,” says Estelle Coustas, nursing executive at Mediclinic Southern Africa.

“We are constantly investigating how we can better meet our patients’ expectations, and this year we have identified the opportunity of strengthening communication between our staff in the nursing units and our patients, allowing us to better serve our community.” — Supplied.

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