MAILULA MAKOLE: THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT NURSE AWARDS – UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA 2020.
My name is Mailula Makole. I am a 3rd year nursing student at the University of Pretoria. I have always been passionate about nursing from a young age. I used to see how nurses
cared for the patients whenever I visited hospitals or clinics and from that day I vowed to help someone in their vulnerable state and give them hope.
Every moment that is spent interacting with the patients gives the opportunity to listen to them and help them as best I can. Every day I am reminded that I can make a difference in somebody’s life and so I choose to do my job well so that others can benefit.
We are required to be emotionally strong and not to be emotionally attached to the patients. This is a real challenge for me as I spend most of time interacting with the patient and helping them deal with being hospitalised. Inevitably I find myself building a relationship with my patient.
What I hope to witness in my career, is how the world sees us as nurses. It is said that, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” I believe that if we change how we behave and carry ourselves we will change how the world sees us.