Romi participated in the Night Run to Honour Nurses in Cape Town in 2021 and 2022. She was the 1st Lady over the finish line in 2021, and placed 2nd at the 2022 race. Sr.Teresa Basson, the Director of TEN Campaign, congratulated all the race winners, and was particularly impressed by this energetic young nurse. Romi’s personal discipline, professionalism, dedication, and humility shines through her smile, which motivated us to invite her to tell her story. Being a nurse is who she is. Romi wants to make a difference in people’s lives, especially those patients needing critical care. We now have the honour of sharing more about this exceptional ICU nurse.
General Zuziwe Maso was not happy to remain a general nurse. She has been very intentional about studying further to make an impact in her nursing career. Zuzi is a motivation to her peers and colleagues. She has moved through the military ranks and achieved much success with many highlights in her career. When we interviewed her in January 2023 she was still Brigadier Maso, and was at the time Director Military Health Nursing. She has since been promoted to Major General. What a privilege to share the story behind this inspiring nurse
Some people will always be content with simply being a passenger on the train. Others, while enjoying the journey, will keep moving forward on the Train of Opportunity, to ultimately take over the Driver’s seat! Mr. Aghmat Mohamed is such a man. Did the family and friends of this young boy growing up in Manenberg, Cape Town, ever imagine that he would one day be the Director of Nursing Services at one of the largest hospitals in South Africa? It is our privilege to share Mr. Aghmat Mohamed’s story……
“You do not need to stay where you are. You have the power to follow any road! Allow yourself to grow and make a difference out of an ordinary nursing job. You can change your world and those you serve.” ELIZMA ANTHONISSEN - Ophthalmic Nurse Specialist
Young, Motivated and Gifted.
What a joy to have shared a cup of coffee with a young, motivated and gifted nurse, Melissa Geels who was nominated by a colleague as being an exceptional nurse. She hales from the town of Klerksdorp in North West Province. It was here in this town that she completed her matric and thought of pursuing a career in administration, however God had other plans for her!
Values of The Exceptional Nurse Bruce herself embodies these values. She is a patron of TEN (The Exceptional Nurse) campaign, which envisages exceptional nursing care practised by compassionate, committed, competent and courageous professionals in every hospital and clinic in South Africa. “If nurses are ‘the backbone’ of public health, why are they treated like the coccyx!” says Bruce indignantly, who decries the patriarchy and disrespect that persists, particularly between doctors and nurses. Bruce can’t but help be immersed in the politics of nursing, stakeholders in which have recognised her expertise – she was previously appointed to the Ministerial Task Team on Nursing Education and Training, and was a member of the Standing Committee on Health of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Nurses make up the largest cadre of healthcare workers and are essential for a strong and responsive health system. Bruce says it is high time to see a nurse in the role of Minister of Health.
PUTTING OTHERS BEFORE SELF. Once in a blue moon we are fortunate enough to meet someone who so intentionally flies under the radar and yet is making such a significant contribution in their profession on a daily basis. One of my great honours in interviewing nurses for the TEN Campaign is coming into contact with exceptionally humble and selfless people who sometimes even struggle to talk about themselves because their lives are completely focused on others.
“I DID NOT CHOOSE NURSING – NURSING CHOSE ME!” We waited one evening in the deserted reception of the beautifully renovated 2 Military Hospital in Wynberg, Cape Town. From the moment the 29 year old Captain Lebogang Ncube came running enthusiastically towards us, his bright smile and happy demeanour enlightened the entire atmosphere.
ACT JUSTLY, LOVE MERCY AND WALK HUMBLY…… There is a general misconception that nursing is only about bedside care and dealing with patients in a hospital or clinic setting. This is why our next EXCEPTIONAL NURSE STORY is so important: it sheds light on this vital and multi-faceted profession.
Our first EXCEPTIONAL NURSE story is one that embodies a single word above all the rest: COURAGE. Stories of courage are so important because it is not something we’re born with, but it is something we choose. And it’s not only something we choose once, but over and over again in the face of each new challenge, no matter how big or small.