Monday, 02 March 2020

Creating Caring Nurses

IN TRAINING: Nursing students recently received their epaulettes. IN TRAINING: Nursing students recently received their epaulettes.

It was a proud moment for nursing students when they received their training epaulettes during a recent ceremony on the Bellville campus.

Epaulettes are worn to indicate progress in terms of year levels of study. At the end of training the students qualify as professional nurses with a maroon epaulette and coloured bars indicating specialities.

Professor Karien Jooste, Head of the Department of Nursing Science, opened the ceremony with a message of welcome.

Senior Lecturer Dr Rugira Marie Modeste presented a keynote address and stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) had designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

According to the WHO, this is to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, and to recognise the critical contribution nurses make to global health.

Modeste said the programmes in the Department of Nursing Science followed a person-centred approach and the epaulettes should be worn to remind students to be accountable to their nursing responsibilities.

Lecturer Suveena Singh said it was the first time the department had hosted such an event and epaulettes were issued to a total of 170 first and second-year students.

“The epaulettes make it easier for staff in hospitals to distinguish the students,” she said.

“When you decide to be a nurse it means you are devoting your life to caring for the community.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks