AMBER BEEFORTH – UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA – TEN CAMPAIGN AWARD 2021
I have always loved helping people. When I was 7, I joined cubs and they had a first aid day, where we learnt basic first aid. I loved seeing how to clean and dress a wound, how to address different situations, how you do the ABC’s (airway, breathing, circulation and consciousness) and how as children it is important to call for help with a phone or using the buddy system to call an adult. In grade 9 my biology teacher said I had the passion but not the aptitude for the subject and should rather not continue with biology, but I did.
There was a news article that spoke about the nursing shortages affecting healthcare and my dad suggested I consider being a nurse, as I loved to research and help people. I applied at the University of Pretoria and earned a place. During orientation, the nursing department spoke to my class about being a nurse and I knew I had made the right decision.
I love that as nurses we have multiple different avenues to practice, we don’t just treat patients with medication but develop nursing interventions, like positioning patients and turning patients to increase circulation and relieve pressure on pressure sites to decrease the risk of developing pressure sores. I enjoy that we don’t just treat patients when they are sick but develop health education and community programmes to prevent illness and increase health knowledge. The relationship we have with other disciplines, developing care plans and ensuring we provide the best holistic care for the patient.
All the support and kindness I received from the senior staff and more experienced student nurses taking the time to talk to me and assist me makes me thankful. I would like to make a difference in my profession because of my love for nursing and research, by developing health education programmes and community outreach to reduce the number of patients we see in tertiary health care.