The Mercury

Patients getting better is nurse’s joy

- KAREN SINGH karen.singh@inl.co.za

AFTER seeing the number of people who needed help at hospitals while working as a paramedic, a KwaZulu-Natal nurse said she decided to make a career shift to nursing so she could provide longer-term care for those who needed it.

Clinical nursing practition­er Bongekile Cele, 36, from Gamalakhe Community Health Centre on the South Coast of KZN, said she started studying towards a four-year diploma in nursing in 2007 at the Port Shepstone nursing campus.

While Internatio­nal Nurses Day was commemorat­ed yesterday, Cele said her desire to become a nurse began when she realised she wanted to help sick people get better.

Having served her community as a nurse for the past 10 years, Cele said nothing motivated her more than helping patients and seeing them get better every day.

“That simple ‘thank you’ that a

patient will say to you, that smile a patient will give you when they leave after you have helped them, that’s what motivates me.

“It keeps me going. It gives me that drive to never stop.”

Cele said she felt like she had done a good job when a patient left with a smile.

Describing her experience as a nurse during the Covid-19 pandemic, Cele said it had been an emotional, challengin­g and scary experience.

It was something that she had never experience­d before, she said.

She said a lot of the health-care workers got infected with Covid-19 and a number of them had lost their lives to the virus.

“That’s the emotional part, but working hand-in-hand, working together, makes the job a bit easier.”

Cele said nurses had pledged an oath to serve humanity, and therefore had to put their patients first.

“We as nurses are very proud of our profession because we get to save lives every day.”

She said the public could make nurses’ jobs a bit easier by adhering to healthy facility rules.

If these rules were followed, Cele said the operations of a clinic or hospital would run much smoother and patients would get assistance faster.

Cele encouraged the public to register for the Covid-19 vaccinatio­n.

“We are told the third wave is coming, please register to receive the vaccine.”

 ?? | Jacques Naude African News Agency (ANA) OATH ?? NURSES Ansina Mokoena, Virginia Sedio, Hilda Masango and Patricia Phakathi commemorat­e Internatio­nal Nurses Day at the CSIR Internatio­nal Convention Centre in Pretoria yesterday.
| Jacques Naude African News Agency (ANA) OATH NURSES Ansina Mokoena, Virginia Sedio, Hilda Masango and Patricia Phakathi commemorat­e Internatio­nal Nurses Day at the CSIR Internatio­nal Convention Centre in Pretoria yesterday.
 ??  ?? CLINICAL nursing practition­er Bongekile Cele from Gamalakhe Community Health Centre on the KZN South Coast.
CLINICAL nursing practition­er Bongekile Cele from Gamalakhe Community Health Centre on the KZN South Coast.

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