Advanced Health celebrates its nurses on #InternationalNursesDay

While nursing staff around the world go the extra mile for their patients every day, International Nurses’ Day, which takes place on Saturday, May 12, recognises the crucial role nurses play in patient well-being and recovery.

International Nurses Day celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, known as the Lady of the Lamp. She was born in 1820 and became a social reformer who later went on to found modern nursing. Almost two hundred years later the nursing profession is still underpinned by the philosophy she introduced.

In support of International Nurses Day and to recognise the immeasurable difference these valuable members of staff make every day to patients and the healthcare industry, Fasie Smith, national clinical and business strategy manager at Advanced Health and a nurse himself, is celebrating his team of nurses around the country.

Smith asked a couple of nurses from the group’s day hospital facilities around South Africa what it is that they love most about nursing and what International Nurses’ Day means to them.

Elsa De Beer from Advanced De La Vie Day Hospital in eMalahleni.

A nurse since 1970, Sister Elsa is a health-conscious individual who enjoys sports. In addition to having a demanding career, she also plays basketball and badminton while making time to go to gym every day.

She loves nursing for the people aspect.

“I’m a people person and nursing is all about the people, even if they are a little (or a lot) groggy when I wake them up. The doctors and teams I’ve had the privilege of working with make even the bad days worthwhile and the ward work is great too.”

Sister Elsa loves what she does.

“In the recovery room, it’s almost thrilling to wake patients up to tell them that all is well,” she says.

She believes that being a nurse is one of the most selfless acts a person can undertake.

“It doesn’t matter what happens in your own life, nursing is about being dedicated to the wellbeing of others and attending to unhealthy patients so that they can walk away in good stride. That is what makes being a nurse the most rewarding job,” said Sister Elsa.

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Samantha Traill
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