Nurses are the heart of healthcare. They recognise the connection between social conditions and individual health. They know that to provide the best quality care, they need to look at the bigger picture. And they provide empathy and compassion when people are at their most vulnerable.
On this International Nurses Day, we introduce you to some of the nurses we have the privilege of working with across the world. Read their stories and find out the many ways they are touching the lives and hearts of people in need.
Meet Najjujo Winnie
Winnie is one of 26 nurses that work in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Kiwoko Hospital. Each year, Winnie and her colleagues provide care to over 1,000 infants.
I wanted to become a nurse because when young I was always inspired by my aunty who is also a nurse. I wanted so much to help people who were in need. And, during my childhood, I was always given the task of taking care and nursing my brother’s wounds whenever he would get hurt.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a nurse is seeing a premature baby weighing 0.8kgs who is admitted and cared for. Then when they are released they turn out to be a big person! It is always interesting and enjoyable to think for these young ones and attend to their problems because they cannot talk or speak. I love it when I resuscitate a baby and it picks up and then when brought back in for review it is growing and developing. I like it when I am educating mothers on health in the NICU about how to care for their babies when in hospital and also when discharged.
Nurses are always a voice to people in communities, where they can easily influence members of the community and hence improve their health. Nurses are always available and always ready to work with community members regardless of their status which makes them so important in improving the health of communities. Nurses are also gifted with both listening and communication skills which make people feel welcome, allowing them to solve people’s problems regarding health issues as they empathise with them.
Nurses are trusted in communities which make them very important in improving the health and social issues in communities.