Off to the nursing world

2019-06-11 06:00
One of the student nurses who was recognised for her academic excellence, Diuine Oyitabu, with Tendani Mabuda and Nomafrench Mbombo during the award ceremony. PHOTOS: NOMZAMO YUKU

One of the student nurses who was recognised for her academic excellence, Diuine Oyitabu, with Tendani Mabuda and Nomafrench Mbombo during the award ceremony. PHOTOS: NOMZAMO YUKU

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Western Cape College of Nursing wrapped up the celebration of Nurses Day by hosting an event in their hall on Friday 31 May.

The event comprised motivational talks and an award ceremony, with the provincial health minister Nomafrench Mbombo as the keynote speaker.

More than 100 students, staff and local leaders attended the event.

Speakers took turns passing words of encouragement, preparing students for the real nursing work environment.

Tendani Mabuda, the director for the college, said their students will be getting in the field at a critical time where many people are getting sick and there is a lack of resources in health facilities. He said they should be prepared “to do more with less.”

Mabuda reminded the students that nurses are celebrated because of the big role they play not just in the society, but the healthcare system at large. He told them they should not only be driven by a qualification but remember that nursing should be a calling driven by passion, love to help and that skills attained in higher education institutions should only complement a good heart of an aspiring nurse.

He congratulated all the students that were awarded on the day and said they must keep in mind health services are not only about nursing but also about leaders, and has a variety of opportunities.

This was also emphasised by Mbombo during her speech, saying the department is in a process of not just improving services but also making sure it creates well-balanced opportunities to complement the attributes of those already in the field without deviating their focus from being “on the side of the bed where their calling is.”

She also acknowledged that the department has developed a rather negative reputation due to alleged ill-behaviours by some of its staff.

Mbombo said the department would not tolerate such behaviours and wants only dedicated and good-spirited members to join the healthcare system.

She said it is only through a positive attitude that things could improve.

She also said students should not worry about the issues facing the department now as they are being looked at.

She mentioned the need to stretch the annual provincial budget of about R 24bn to reduce the issue of understaffed facilities, the shortage of resources and safety and security of nurses, especially when working overtime at night.

Thobile Tshefu, the chairperson of the student representative council, thanked the recognition of the student nurses and also told them to serve with example and always remember the pledge they take when entering the field.

“The journey will not always be easy, but you should be ready to face it heads on,” Tshefu said.

Nurse Angelique Solomons said the day reminded her of why she chose to be a nurse in the first place, which is to be “a voice of the patient” and make a difference.

She has six years of experience and agreed that the journey is not an easy one and takes a lot of courage.

She has learned that as a nurse, she must always try to stay humble and try to understand the circumstances of the patients and should not make it all about money.

She said that nurses have the responsibility to restore and protect the dignity of their profession.

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