‘Seeing people in great need made me destined to be a nurse’
Posted on 22 May 2018
Mediclinic auxiliary nurse, Lindiwe Ndwanyana Anthony, explains why her profession is a calling – and when she knew she was destined to be a nurse.
‘I originally had intentions of being a lawyer, but with the start of the HIV/Aids epidemic in the 1980 and 1990s, I knew I wanted to become part of the medical profession in order to help others.’
‘Friends and family members were dying of the disease, yet there was little known about the illness at the time. We weren’t allowed to visit them in hospital. I realised that even though patients were helpless, non-infected people were sometimes scared to get too close. That’s when I saw the need to learn more about HIV/Aids and to study to become a nurse.’
I’ve now been a nursing auxiliary for over 15 years. There are difficult days – when I’ve been the first to attend to people with fatal gunshot wounds or car accident victims. That’s when I breathe deeply and take things one-step at a time.
Nursing is definitely a calling. If it were just a job, we wouldn’t be able to spend long shifts on our feet, comforting and caring for those in pain. Being a nurse – and caring for others – is something that is in you, something you are born to do.