More than just a caregiver

2016-11-01 06:00
Zainunisa Brown

Zainunisa Brown

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Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital is celebrating another nomination in an annual nurses competition that was held recently.

While Zainunisa Brown from Woodstock may have not come out as the winner her colleagues at the hospital are still proud of her achievement in receiving the nomination.

A paediatric nurse in the Oncology and Haematology Clinic, Brown is more than just a caregiver, she is a friend and confidant.

She provides a comforting face during a scary procedure and a high five afterwards.

She offers a hand to squeeze or a shoulder to lean on, commiserates the bad and celebrates the good.

“Caring for children with a life-threatening illness, one has to constantly be mindful of the difficulties that the patients and their families face; therefore I focus on demonstrating a caring and compassionate attitude and believe in promoting the dignity of each patient,” she says.

Brown also helps patients and their families to develop a positive attitude towards the patient’s illness, by explaining the patient’s condition, treatment plan and what to expect in a simple and understandable way.

The annual Cecilia Makiwane Nurse’s Recognition Award pays homage to the thousands of nurses who each day brave the various challenges of their profession, to serve a growing number of those dependent of the public healthcare system.

“Caring, competence, accountability, integrity, responsiveness, respect and innovation are integral shared values between the Western Cape government and its staff,” says Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape Minister of Health.

“These values are what drives the [health department] towards delivering excellent person-centred care to our patients.

“Nowhere else are these values more important than with the nursing profession. Nurses are the foot soldiers of the health system, its backbone, the first point of contact for our patients and they determine the experience of every patient in our care.”

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