The Western Cape Government Health (WCGH) will host its annual Provincial Cecilia Makiwane Nurse’s Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 7 November 2017 at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.
The CMA awards honour, celebrate and value nurses for their selfless dedication to the nursing profession and exceptional work done in their field through making a lasting difference to their patients’ lives and contributing to the improvement of their communities’ wellbeing.
Sister Christina van Rensburg, a Clinical Nurse Practitioner at Eden District (Kannaland Subdistrict) is one of the 10 nominee’s in line for the coveted Cecilia Makiwane Award.
Sister van Rensburg is from a small town called Ladismith located in the Klein Karoo. She was nominated for the prestigious Cecilia Makiwane award because of her positive outlook on life, her creativity, her ability to multitask and always prioritise patient care.
She started and maintained a successful Youth Group in Kannaland, which now has more or less 100 youth attending activities and information sessions organised by the clinic. This has resulted in an improved attitude of the youth towards clinic staff, and vice versa.
Christina is a role model to her colleagues and plays a significant role in maintaining effective communication in her facilities and with the community. She is also accountable for her actions and has a good reputation with her staff and the community, something which enables her to handle job stresses.
Through her ‘Green Meeting’ initiative, Christina developed the art of motivating her staff which results in high quality care, better productivity, higher clinical governance and fewer patient complaints.
Her dynamic and optimistic personality demonstrates her flexibility in her daily working environment. She is a patient-advocate and ambassador of care, and always thrives for better quality care for her patients. She finds joy in what she does, which is evident in her demeanour towards her staff and patients.
The Awards, which was named after Cecilia Makiwane who was the first registered professional black nurse in South Africa, provides the WCGH an opportunity to recognise the tireless work done by its nurses and reward those nurses who walk the extra mile with their patients and embodies the calling of what it means to be a nurse.
The selection criteria included living up to the nurses’ pledge and nursing ethics, going beyond the call of duty, having a positive attitude towards patients and colleagues, contributing to effective management and being part of a multi-disciplinary healthcare team.