LEPHALALE — Sister Salome Prigge from Mediclinic Lephalale received the annual Nursing Excellence Award from Dalene de Villiers, Hospital Manager, on Saturday 12 May. This award is in recognition of the dedication she invests into caring for her patients and supporting her colleagues.
International Nurses Day was celebrated on 12 May this year and according to Dalene, they took the time to give recognition to everyone at Mediclinic Lephalale who has chosen nursing as their career.
What makes this award even more significant is the fact that nominations are made by nursing peers who work tirelessly alongside each other.
Salome has been with Mediclinic for three years and works in the Maternity Ward. She says nursing is her passion and according to her colleagues, it is obvious that she is enthusiastic about her work. “She is kind, humble, passionate and dedicated to all her patients,” Dalene says.
Nurses make it their life’s mission to help others recover and maintain healthy lives, or to support them and their families where recovery is not possible. The specific date is chosen as an international tribute to the profession that coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday and allows them to celebrate the valuable work nurses are doing.
“Mediclinic’s Nursing Excellence Award is an opportunity to recognise those nurses who make daily sacrifices to care for others; nurses who believe that delivering on patients’ expectations is an essential part of who they are,” says Estelle Coustas, Nursing Executive Mediclinic Southern Africa. “We are constantly investigating how we can better meet our patients’ expectations, and this year we have identified the opportunity of strengthening communication between our staff in the nursing units and our patients, allowing us to better serve the community,” she concluded.