Nurses remember the woman who started it all

Julie Venter, Inge Kroon and Hilda Motsanana with the poster the nurses made about caring.

On 12 May, the world celebrated International Nurses’ Day and the nurses of Netcare Krugersdorp Hospital celebrated in style.

The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has celebrated this day since 1965. In January 1974, 12 May was chosen to celebrate the day as it is the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

Back: Thabile Mashosho, Johanna Moyo and Ronel van der Watt. Front: Daphney Balatlhe, Neo Mashangoane, Mandisa Mpinga and Grace Matladi.

Nurses play a key role in all of our medical institutions, being responsible for the welfare, safety and recovery of patients. The day acknowledges the hard work, long hours and emotional stress that are part of the life of every nurse.

Two-hundred-and-fifty nurses were treated and felt appreciated when they were all treated to breakfast at a local restaurant. They all lit a candle and recited their nurses’ pledge.

Nurses Inge Kroon and Julie Venter.

According to the Client Liaison Officer at the hospital, Liesl-Mari Simon, the day was to say thank you for all their hard work and to celebrate them as people.

“We feel much appreciated today,” said Nurse Inge Kroon.

Matron Ronel van der Watt told the News that she is very proud of the nurses and that she appreciate all the long hours, hard work and passion they put in every day and with every patient.

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Nadine Maré
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