Tygerberg Hospital is nominating weekly heroes to celebrate their contribution towards healthcare as a whole, and the country’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic…
“The Hero Amongst Us campaign seeks to highlight an official’s achievements, abilities or personal qualities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the eyes of hospital staff, he or she can also be regarded as a role model or ideal.”
This week’s hero is Registered Nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Rehana Maseti. Her job extends way beyond the administration of medication. She’s responsible for the holistic care of patients and helps to maintain patients’ dignity throughout treatment and care.
10 Years of service
“I work in a surgical ICU where we admit and discharge post-operative critical care patients, and also receive patients from trauma and other surrounding hospitals that need critical care, like life support,” says Maseti.
“My work is also to monitor vital signs, ensuring proper function of life support equipment and to attend to patient overall needs like medication intake, feeding and bathing. I work with a multi-disciplinary team to provide quality care and provide guidance to fellow nursing assistants.”
“As an ICU nurse, I also assist doctors in invasive procedures, resuscitate unstable patients, help them with physical assessment and administer treatment. Providing support to patients family and by answering questions about patients progress is part of my job,” says Maseti.
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How has Covid-19 affected her work?
The pandemic has been stressful and demanding on many health workers who have had to adapt in providing patient-centred care.
“Covid-19, when it started caused a lot of stress and uncertainty in the unit,” says Maseti.
“Every patient had to be treated like a person under investigation. I had to adapt to wearing PPE [personal protective clothing] and when working with a Covid-19 patient had to minimise contact which is difficult in an ICU setting where one-to-one nursing care must be rendered.”
“Wearing an N95 mask and visor makes it difficult to communicate and sometimes to comfort the patient. I also had to learn how to minimise exposure and transmission while working in clinical setting.”
Message of support
Her message of support to everyone is to remember that: “Life is precious, [and] we should appreciate one another, because we don’t know what tomorrow might bring. We need to stay positive; this too shall pass. Covid-19 has shown that we can all work together as a team and give best care to our patients. Don’t stigmatise, Covid-19 [knows] no boundaries.”
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