Nursing students from the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Health Science Department who are to embark on their nursing journey, took a pledge to serve humanity at their annual Lamp Lighting ceremony on Friday, 19 January 2018 held at the UJ Art Centre, Kingsway campus, Auckland Park.
The ceremony, attended by twenty-two (22) Baccalaureus Curationis (B Cur nursing) students, their parents, personnel, professional boards and industry members such as The Department of Health, Helen Joseph hospital, Rahima Moosa hospital, AKESO Psychiatric hospital, all gathered to welcome students to their chosen profession.
Dr Downing was the guest speaker of the ceremony and highlighted the essence of nursing which is caring. She indicated that caring is the personal moment of critical engagement where students need to serve in a respectful, engaging manner to the individual, the profession and the country. Dr Downing also highlighted the challenges that the nursing profession is facing in our country. She encourage the students to go to work every day with the full intention of giving the best care to their patients and that they should measure their caring in moments, moments where they hold a hand, moments where they respond positively and most of all that they need to create moments of caring.
National Nursing Pledge of the South African Nursing Council
The students were led by Mrs Nkosi to take the Nurses Oath Pledge:
"I solemnly pledge myself to the service of humanity and will endeavour to practice my profession with conscience and with dignity," states the pledge taken by nursing graduates in South Africa.
"I will maintain by all the means in my power the honour the noble traditions of my profession. The total health of my patients will be my first consideration. I will hold in confidence all personal matters coming to my knowledge. I will not permit considerations of religion, nationality, race or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient.
"I will maintain the utmost respect for human life. I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honour."
Prestigious Awards in the Department of Nursing
Albertina Sisulu Award: Mrs H van der Westhuizen
Henrietta Stockdale Award: Mr Z Xulu & Ms N Dinga
Akeso Psychiatric Award: Mr Z Xulu
Best Students in Nursing Specialty Award
Medical and Surgical Nursing Award: Mrs H van der Westhuizen
Midwifery Award: Ms LG Hlophe
Community Nursing Science: Mrs H van der Westhuizen
Excellence in Research: Ms NM Madela
Psychiatry Nursing Award: Ms ZM Nkuna
Nursing Dynamics: Ms T Simelane