Maxine du Plessis
All around the world, 12 May is the day to celebrate the irreplaceable contribution nursing makes to the world’s health and wellbeing and to commemorate the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
ICN is leading the celebrations which this year had the theme ‘Nurses: A Voice to Lead, Health for All.’
All nurses celebrated the day and raised their voices to show colleagues, patients, the public and politicians just how important nursing is for the health of individuals, families and communities.
On May 31st, Sabie Hospital also celebrated International Nurses Day by holding a high tea for all nurses. Sabie Hospital Executive management, along with all the different category nurses, attended the event which was supported by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) representatives from the Province.
The day started with a march of all nurses through the hospital that lifted the spirit of staff and patients.
Mrs Petro Strydom, the Corporate Manager, welcomed all the nurses and reminded all about the birth of Florence Nightingale, the pioneer of nursing that was born on May 12th, 1820.
The Deputy Manager of Nursing, Mrs M.H. Themba, gave a motivational speech and acknowledged nurses for their hard work and dedication. She encouraged all nurses to do their best every day and care to the best of their ability for our community. She also urged nurses to keep on modelling the profession they are called to, united as one, and to uplift each other and to do their best for patients. She left nurses with a few bible verses and an encouraging poem by Britney Wilson that acknowledges, that as a nurse, you will experience positive and negative situations.
Mrs M. H. Themba further acknowledged Sr Dora Mahlaela for her dedicated 36 years of service at Sabie hospital and wished her a good retirement. Ms C Maluleke representing DENOSA, also motivated nurses and encouraged them not to get weary of doing good and to keep on fighting for their profession.
All nurses were then led by Mrs D.K. Mashile to reaffirm the Nurse’s pledge to continue rendering the best service to all patients.
All nurses received a small gift as a token of appreciation for their hard work from the hospital and DENOSA. “Management and staff would like to thank Sabie Spar for refreshments of the day and other sponsors that contributed towards the small token of appreciation given to all nurses and making the Nurses Day a great success.” Ms P Coetzee.