International Nurses Day 12 May 2021
Nurses: A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare
Author: Dr Maggie Mojapelo-Mokotedi
If there is one profession we should be thankful for, especially as the world descended into the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s nursing. Nurses are educated to understand the complex nature of maintaining health and wellness. They understand the impact of psychosocial and socio-economic factors such as poverty, unemployment and ethnicity. They tend to spend more time with patients and care for them, physically and emotionally. On 12 May, every year, we celebrate our nurses and help give them a voice. International Nurses Day 2021 will focus on the changes to and innovations in nursing and how this will ultimately shape the future of healthcare.
As we focus on the voices of nurses, we also look to the future of this important profession. We cover the 2021 theme of A Voice to Lead – A Vision for Future Healthcare. At Mediwell, a 100% female-owned medical centre, we strive to lead and create new leaders for the future, especially within healthcare. We interviewed a working nurse about her experiences and ideas for the future.
What inspired you to become a nurse?
wanted a career that was both challenging and rewarding. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life was something I wanted to do from a very young age.
What has your experience been as a nurse during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Patients look to you for answers and reassurance and, yes you are a healthcare worker, but you’re also a little scared. The best moment for me is when a patient starts to recover. It’s truly the best feeling ever.
How has it been different to previous years?
Previous years I don’t think we lost as much as we did last year and that has really been heavy on everyone, emotionally and financially.
Do you feel that your voice as a nurse is being heard by health and nursing governing bodies?
Yes. The South African Nursing Council finally added more specialities that a lot of new nurses have always wanted to specialize in. Now young nurses can do Forensic Nursing for example.
Do you participate in extra training for your profession as a nurse and how often?
Yes, on a regular basis. Yes, Dispensing course, Basic life support, HIV Testing and Counselling. Each year I set goals and last year, those were mine.
Where do you see the future of nursing in the next 5 years?
- I believe there will be more specialties.
- More males in the profession.
- I believe classrooms will be more updated with the latest technology, to produce technology savvy nurses.
Nursing is one of the oldest professions and is gaining momentum in recognition. The International Nurses Day campaign helps us work together to listen to our nurses more often while improving and expanding its reach. Nurses take care of us and we should help them lead the way in healthcare with new policies and innovations in technology, work environment and leadership.
Mediwell Dainfern Medical & Dental Centre hosts a variety of specialised and general nurses to help provide patients with the best healthcare possible.