New nurses ready to serve

Vuk'uzenzele - - Youhtehalftohcus - More Mat­shediso

The North West De­part­ment of Health re­cently held a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony for about 364 new nurses who re­ceived train­ing from pro­vin­cial nurs­ing col­leges.

The nurses grad­u­ated in dif­fer­ent fields that in­clude com­pre­hen­sive nurs­ing, mid­wifery, psy­chi­atric nurs­ing, ad­vanced mid­wifery and neona­tal nurs­ing sci­ence, as well as op­er­at­ing theatre and clin­i­cal nurs­ing sci­ence.

The grad­u­a­tion comes as the de­part­ment re-en­gi­neers pri­mary health care to re­spond faster in im­prov­ing the health sta­tus of com­mu­ni­ties.

Mma­batho Col­lege of Nurs­ing and Ex­cel­sius Nurs­ing Col­lege are two gov­ern­ment nurs­ing col­leges tasked with train­ing nurses for pub­lic health fa­cil­i­ties in the prov­ince.

Vuk’uzen­zele spoke to Onica Chiloane (36) from Tl­ha­bane West in Rusten­burg. She is the over­all best achiever in com­pre­hen­sive nurs­ing at Mma­batho Col­lege of Nurs­ing.

She said qual­i­fi­ca­tions in com­pre­hen­sive nurs­ing will open doors for her be­cause the course is broad and com­prises gen­eral nurs­ing, psy­chi­a­try, mid­wifery and com­mu­nity nurs­ing.

“I am one of those nurses who is able to as­sist a va­ri­ety of pa­tients who visit health fa­cil­i­ties, from preg­nant women to a men­tal health pa­tient or any­one at all,” she said.

She said nurs­ing was not part of her plans af­ter com­plet­ing ma­tric but she found her­self do­ing a one-year learn­er­ship with an old-age home in Pre­to­ria in 2004, and she has never looked back.

“I re­alised how im­por­tant nurs­ing is as I got to play a role in con­tribut­ing to peo­ple’s health. Now I am pas­sion­ate about it and the sky is the limit for my ca­reer plans,” she said.

As a nurse, Chiloane said one has to get as much in­for­ma­tion as pos­si­ble about the pa­tient in or­der to give them the help they need.

“You have to be hum­ble be­cause you deal with dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties and states of mind. It is a job that you do not do for money but out of love to serve,” she said.

The grad­u­ates will be de­ployed to health fa­cil­i­ties in the prov­ince that are in need of ex­tra nurses for ef­fi­cient and prompt health ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Onica Chiloane a top achiever can't wait to serve her com­mu­nity.

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