ILSE SCHOLTZ: 1st PLACE. THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT NURSE AWARDS – PORT ELIZABETH 2019.
What made you choose nursing?
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into! I wanted to become the nurse who changes societies perception regarding our profession. I want to show people that being a nurse is so much more than washing patients and carrying bedpans.
What do you enjoy most about nursing?
During my three years of studying nursing, I have grown so much in my faith as the hospital has become my church! This is where I experience God the most as He always finds a way to send me a patient that not only needs my help, but I need them. I can then apply the theory that I learn in class – this is what keeps me going. Having this knowledge in what I do makes me feel powerful. If I can make one person smile during my shift, I feel I have reached my goal!
What are some of the hardship/challenges you have faced during your studies?
Having to tell a woman that was just one year younger than me that she has a disease that cannot be cured: this broke my heart. Studying the Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing Science is not easy. It is not only time consuming but physically and emotionally draining. It is difficult to have a balance between studies, social life and a weekend job as a way of earning money.
In what way do you hope to make a difference in the lives of others?
Nursing has changed me so much! I am a stronger, more confident person and I won’t change my profession for anything in the world. I am extremely passionate about what I do, and I want to be a role model for young people. I hope to encourage them not to strive for money but to do what they love because this is much more rewarding at the end of the day. I want to encourage, motivate and educate others to reach their goals.
I sincerely hope to change the way people view my profession, as nursing is a challenging profession that requires hard work. We work twelve-hour shifts, on our feet for most of the day, are often understaffed, undervalued and overworked! We always try to smile even though sometimes it feels as if our world as crashing. But we do this all to care for our patients, as they are our priority.