Nurse nominated for work

2015-11-17 06:00
Beatrice Africa of Mowbray Maternity Hospital has been nominated for a prestigious nursing award.

Beatrice Africa of Mowbray Maternity Hospital has been nominated for a prestigious nursing award.

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A nurse at Mowbray Maternity Hospital has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Cecilia Makiwane Recognition Awards.

Beatrice Africa, clinical programme co-ordinator and head of the nursing education department at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, was one of the 12 nurses nominated.

Africa believes nursing education is a demanding and precise educational process. Nursing staff commit to remaining educated and well-informed with the latest and most accurate information available, to ensure they provide patients with the best care.

“It is such an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award. I am humbled by this experience and thankful to my family and colleagues for their support and encouragement,” says Africa.

The annual provincial awards is hosted by the Western Cape health department and pays tribute to the nursing staff who have gone beyond the call of duty.

In 2009 Africa launched a training project at the hospital, which specifically focused on providing parents of preterm babies with the necessary knowledge and skills to save their baby’s life during emergencies.

“We clearly explain to parents in a simplified manner the potential complications that premature babies undergo, such as the likelihood that they may stop breathing after discharge. Parents are taught the importance of continuing with kangaroo mother care treatment after discharge and advised to monitor their babies closely. They are taught to get to know there babies and how to identify a healthy and an unhealthy baby. The training also provides parents with a clear step-by-step basic infant resuscitation guide in order to save their babies lives should the need arise,” explains Africa.

“Beatrice’s strong commitment to her work and dedication to this project are testament to the important role nurses play in the healthcare industry. We salute her and thank her for the contribution she has made to the nursing fraternity at Mowbray Maternity Hospital,” says Janine Joemat, chief executive officer at Mowbray Maternity Hospital.

With 29 years of active duty, Africa says that she was inspired to pursue a career in nursing by her two sisters, who are also nurses.

“I must admit nursing wasn’t my first choice, but I don’t regret the path I have chosen. I enjoy working at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, because I form part of a very dynamic multidisciplinary team,” says Africa.

Apart from spending time with her daughter, Africa would like to further her studies and pursue a Master’s degree to do research and generate evidence on the outcome of the training project.

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