WHEN it comes to nursing and making a difference in the lives of her patients, no one does it with more enthusiasm and dedication than Rabashani Govender, who extends her caring attitude to include all her colleagues as well.
Govender who is a senior ophthalmic nurse at McCord Hospital, cut her teeth at RK Khan Hospital in 1992. According to Govender, from the age of 2 before she could even talk properly, she already knew she wanted to be a nurse.
“I was groomed by my mother and father, they taught me how important it is to interact and respect people. I have taken those teachings into my career as a nurse, which naturally demands someone to be compassionate. During the Mandela Day celebrations, I decided to honor our security guards and cleaners by buying them lunch because every day they ensure that we are safe and the rooms we work in are always clean. I wanted to show them that we appreciate the good work they do,” she said.
Baldwin Mchunu who is a security guard at the hospital said: “Mrs Govender is a very lovely person, she spoils us and we love the cupcakes she brings us. She also checks up on us and asks us about life. I was very happy when she honored us on Mandela Day. I wish God can bless her even more and she must continue with her lovely work.”
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“Being compassionate its not an on or off thing that you can switch on when you like. Just like any person, I do get tired but I have a strong support system at home, my husband is very supportive and provides the balance I need because I am always involved and take work home at times. My women’s day will be spent with my mom at a Spa, courtesy of my husband,” she said.
KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo recently spoke about hardworking nursing staff saying that nurses were the ambassadors for patient care. “Patients spend more time with nurses than any other health professional. If you want to take care of patients and have them satisfied, we need to listen to nurses. The nurses themselves need to bring back that leadership quality that once was there. We have to go back to basics, where nurses used to be at the forefront of providing care and empathy to patients.”