NURSING MANAGER REMAINS COMMITED TO PATIENT CARE

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When Mandisa talks about nursing, one can hear the passion in her voice that has kept her committed to helping patients through the years.

The nurse’s pledge that Mandisa Maqutu took over three decades ago still guides her in her profession today.

She recently took up the post of nursing manager at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital.

When Mandisa talks about nursing, one can hear the passion in her voice that has kept her committed to helping patients through the years.

Before joining the profession, she worked at a butchery.

“I remember a nurse walking past my house, she wore a white dress, heels and pantyhose. I was so impressed and inspired by her and I thought one day I will be a nurse.”

Mandisa made that dream happen.

In 1989, she trained as a staff nurse at St Elizabeth’s Hospital in the Eastern Cape.

Thereafter, she was posted to Umzimkhulu Hospital for several years.

But she was not satisfied with remaining a staff nurse.

“I decided this was not enough – I wanted to be a professional nurse.”

She trained at Rietvlei Hospital and returned to Umzimkhulu Hospital as a professional nurse.

Over the years, Mandisa continued with further training in psychiatry, community health nursing science, midwifery, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing.

“I wanted to be somebody more responsible,” she said.

In between studies, Mandisa moved up the career ladder, followed by postings in various towns in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

In January, she learnt her application for nursing manager at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital was successful.

“I am happy to be here. It’s the district I know, the policies of KZN is what I know best (admin and nursing) including quality which brings out the best in me.”

Mandisa believes everyday should be a quality day – anything one does, should be done to the best of their ability.

With the country and the world in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, she reminds her staff to remember the pledge they took to motivate them to carry on.

“Covid-19 hit us as health professionals and also as humans because we can become emotional, but once you think of the pledge, ‘total health of my patient will be my first consideration’, you become a soldier and carry on no matter what.”

Mandisa also said that when one talks about nursing, ‘a light’ is mentioned.

“It means bringing hope to the community, to the sick and passing on information to guide people on good practices and regulations.”

She encouraged young people to join the profession.

“Know that you have been chosen by God, this is not for money or for fame.”

Although none of her children have followed in her footsteps, she has instilled in them the attribute of being of service to people.

“If you are serving people, no matter in which profession, serve them to the best of your ability and with respect.”

 

Article written by: Jenni Bipat

Photo credit: South Coast Herald

Link: https://southcoastherald.co.za/428066/nursing-manager-remains-committed-to-patient-care/

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