Along with many, the Medical Sector and Government celebrated International Nurses Day on Wednesday, 12 May 2021. A day held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, highlighting the contributions and sacrifices nurses make.
Priding itself on its cherished nursing team, Mediclinic Newcastle pays tribute to its nursing staff annually and their outstanding commitment and dedication on the day.
Patient Experience Manager Nondumiso Mbhele explained, “While we acknowledge that 2021 has been a challenging year for all healthcare workers around the world, we are excited to take this opportunity to shine the light on the nursing teams within our hospitals. This year, as we celebrate International Nurses’ Day on 12 May 2021, we recognise each nurse who has chosen a career of caring for others.”
Marking the significance of the special day, Mbhele further states that each year, staff within each Mediclinic locality selects a Nursing Excellence Award winner, nominated by their peers in recognition for the hard work they invest in caring for patients. “At Mediclinic Newcastle, we acknowledge Professional Nurse Bandile Ngubeni as the annual Nursing Excellence Award recipient, as he receives this symbol of appreciation and recognition for the care he delivers to his patients and supporting his colleagues.”
Moreover, Mbhele explains that Mediclinic Newcastle also recognises the fact that behind each excellent nurse, there is a team of great nurses, making the nomination by those around him even more significant.
While the 2021 recipient, Nurse Ngubeni, has been with Mediclinic for 1½ years and works in the Emergency Centre unit, the Mediclinic team believe he is a well-deserved winner of this special award.
KZN Health MEC Ms Nomagugu Simelane also paid tribute to nurses on the day, stating that without the courage, generosity of spirit, and never-say-die attitude of nurses, the Province of KwaZulu-Natal would not have managed to save as many lives as it did during the past two waves of COVID – 19.
Reflecting on the contribution of nurses during the pandemic, she said, “At a time when we were being hit very hard by the pandemic, our nurses were on the frontlines. They have stood firm and got on with the job. We know how difficult it was for some of them emotionally to have to come to work after having lost their colleagues; or while some of them had been infected with the virus.” The MEC further emphasised that the current generations of nurses will go down in history as a heroic cadre of healthcare professionals, prepared to face anything, including dying with their boots on.
With these powerful words in mind, MEC Simelane continued in saying, “It’s no child’s play leaving your family every day and walking straight into a working environment that resembles a war zone; where you might get infected with the deadly COVID- 19; and potentially come back and infect your own family. It is no child’s play watching your own patients and colleagues die in large numbers from this new, incurable, and deadly disease.”
Yet, despite the fear and challenges nurses face daily, she stresses that our nurses have done it and made a huge difference during these extraordinary and devastating times. Thanking them for their sacrifice, the MEC pointed out just how selfless these heroes are—explaining that since the pandemic started, at least 17 076 nurses have been infected with COVID – 19, with 397 having sadly succumbed to the disease.
Let us take a moment and thank these healthcare workers for their unwavering dedication in a time of crisis. Well done to Mediclinic Newcastle’s Professional Nurse Bandile Ngubeni on your well-deserved award.
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