IUM determined to bring back passion for nursing

14 Jun 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) - Nursing is not just a job or about a qualification, it’s about passion to help people, says International University of Management (IUM) Vice-Chancellor, Virginia Namwandi.
She was speaking here on Friday during the IUM’s inauguration as a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) in collaboration with the University of Western Cape (UWC)'s Tau Lamba at-large Chapter.
STTI is the second-largest nursing organisation in the world with approximately 135 000 active members. It is also known as the Honour Society of Nursing. STTI aims to support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health.
Namwandi said her university aims to instil the passion for nursing in students and to see them placing human beings at the centre of their work.
“Nursing is not just about a job or earning a salary at the end of the month, it’s what you are contributing to the well-being of that one human being whose life is in your hands,” she said, adding that it is also about going beyond what a nurse does in the hospital and going out of their way to help community members.
Namwandi said she has received positive and encouraging remarks from the hospitals they have signed collaborations with, and where their students are practicing.
“I have received so many calls from hospitals, giving me good remarks about our students and saying that they are being taught nursing as it was done in the olden days, and that is a good job,” she said proudly.
IUM introduced a four-year Bachelor of Nursing and honours degrees last year.
Namwandi further stated that the collaboration they have entered with UWC will equip their students with confidence.
“IUM being recognised by UWC shows that there is an element of excellence in us. Students now have that confidence and they will benefit from this relationship in the form of mentorship,” she said.
The IUM head said they want to develop a healthy relationship with and learn from mature persons who are still in the profession and have a lot of experience in nursing.
“We want to raise nursing as a profession, we want to say yes, I can choose to be a nurse,” she said, adding that it should not be a second or third option for someone but should be recognised as a noble profession.
Meanwhile, eight staff members from IUM's nursing department received their STTI membership certificates.
Membership to STTI is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students, who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.
Speaking to this news agency at the end of the inauguration, Tau Lambda at-large Chapter President Deliwe Phetlhu said they want to see the IUM involved in communities.
“We want to see them developing the youngsters; we want to see the youngsters involved and improve their research skills,” she said.
The collaboration will now allow the IUM's STTI members to engage with other STTI nurses across the globe.