Celebration held to thank local nurses

2019-05-15 06:01
Staff at the Netcare Greenacres Hospital celebrated International Nurses Day, which is held on May 12. From left are Erika Bond, Crystel Ruiters, Danielle Fataar and Carin Cloete. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

Staff at the Netcare Greenacres Hospital celebrated International Nurses Day, which is held on May 12. From left are Erika Bond, Crystel Ruiters, Danielle Fataar and Carin Cloete. Photo:LULAMA ZENZILE

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TWELVE-HOUR-LONG shifts, dirty clothes and emotional fatigue form the daily reality of a nurse, but they would not trade this for any other job.

This is according to Sister Agnes Marlow of the Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth. International Nurses Day, which is held on May 12 annually, was celebrated at this hospital last Friday.

“What people see on television, is not real. They [nurses] do not get dirty, don’t look tired, their nails don’t look like mine - theirs look fantastic. The real nurses have passion, they fight to pull a patient through...and if the patient dies, they cry because it feels like family,” said Marlow, whose nursing career spans 28 years.

Danielle Fataar, manager of about 400 nurses at this hospital, said it takes a unique, caring person with empathy to be a nurse.

“It is a 12-hour shift of self sacrifice. They leave their problems and families at home to be at work, where they give their time, energy and care to patients. They walk every step with the patient on their journey. Nurses don’t get enough recognition and they really need a day to show how special they are,” Fataar said.

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