Thursday, 24 November 2022

Nursing students join HAN University workshop

WORKSHOP: Nursing students enjoyed the workshop, which covered a range of topics. WORKSHOP: Nursing students enjoyed the workshop, which covered a range of topics.

Students from the Department of Nursing Science recently participated in an orientation workshop hosted by HAN University from the Netherlands.

The students were invited for a two-day workshop in Theewaterskloof, which focused on Intercultural consciousness and Cross-cultural communication.

“The Dutch students have done reflection on the South African culture and there has been a lot of learning that took place during the international and intercultural exchange, hopefully being the start of long-standing connections and more workshops in the future,” said Bachelor of Nursing Coordinator, Amy Williams.

Reflecting on the experience, third-year Bachelor of Nursing Science student, Aspasia Solomon, said the cross-cultural communication workshop, which took place on day one, held many important learning experiences and covered a wide range of topics relating to intercultural communication.

“Two things that stood out for me was how different cultures can be so alike yet so vastly different in terms of power index for example, and the need to have an open mind when exploring another culture. However, not only an open mind but also cultural competence, knowledge, sensitivity and limit one’s internal cultural noise.”

Meanwhile a group of first-year students from the Department recently participated in the Night Run to honour Nurses.

The Night Run to Honour Nurses was hosted by the Exceptional Nurse Campaign with the as a fundraiser for bursaries to support student nurses. The message was to honour and express deep gratitude to all the exceptional nurses of our nation.

The Bachelor of Nursing first-year students participated as a group to support their peers and represent CPUT in this wonderful initiative.

“I took part in the Nurses Night Run for the first time and what an amazing experience it was. The run was well supported by non-nurses and quite a few student nurses and registered nurses as well and before the commencement of the run, we were greeted by a few special guests, including the Minister of Health in the Western Cape,” said first-year student, Keziah Dodgen.

“Overall, I had a positive and good experience as I enjoyed the route, got to meet new people and the view we had along the way has been another plus as well. I definitely see myself entering again next year.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks