Nursing student sets out to make a difference

2015-10-21 06:00
Euan Martins 

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LEAD globally, transform regionally, serve locally. This is the theme of the biennial Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) convention and recognised for implementing these three missions, is NMMU student, Euan Martins (20).

For this budding nurse, dedication to his studies and will to help others, have earned him international recognition. Martins is one of two South African students to be invited to the STTI convention, that will take place from 7-11 November, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“I feel extremely humbled by this opportunity, because someone as young as myself will be able to learn from some of the biggest names in the nursing field,” said Martins, excitedly.

“I look forward to the convention, because I will be able to bring back the knowledge I obtain and make a difference locally.”

For Martins, the knowledge that he will bring home will aid him in his duties of leading the new generation of nurses. As the chairperson of NMMU’s nursing society, he feels that his first trip abroad will be beneficial to him and those around him.

“I have always wanted to inspire others,” he said, as he begins to think about his own personal inspirations. “For me, studying towards a qualification in medicine only came about when I was in my late teens.”

As a schoolboy at Muir College in Uitenhage, Martins had dreams of following his passion for fitness and athletics. However, due to an injury after a 200m run, Martins had to reassess his plans for the future. “I broke a tendon in my right knee and as a result, I had to undergo an operation.”

It was then, at the age of 17, whilst lying in his hospital bed, that Martins started considering a career in medicine. “I was so scared that I might never be able to use my leg again and because of my doctor, I was given back that chance. He gave me something that I was afraid of losing,” said Martins.

It was then that Martins decided that he too wanted to make a notable difference in the lives of others.

Thus far, Martins believes that he has done just that – even if it is on a small scale. “My most memorable moment has to be going to the Malabar Old Age Home and spending time with the senior citizens,” said Martins. “They told us stories and reminisced about the ‘good old days’.”

The experience of making a difference to the general well being of others was the affirmation Martins needed that his chosen path was the right one. In fact, Martins had felt so inspired to make a difference to those he works with, that he started the NMMU nursing choir.

“I have always had a love for music. I play the guitar and the piano and singing has always provided me with an outlet to express myself,” he said. Combining his talents of caring for ailments with medicine - and song, has made studying all that more exciting for this young man, who despite his age, has big plans.

“I want to inspire others, because I have been blessed beyond recognition and if I can bless someone in any way I can, I will have achieved my goal.”

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