Phathiswa Sotyantsi used to do all the dirty work as a cleaner, but now she's walking into the hospital as a nurse.
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The mother four is among 19 cleaners who graduated from the Lilitha Nursing College for nursing posts in the department of health, the Sowetan reported.
She said there is no greater feeling than "walking into Stutterheim Hospital no longer as a cleaner, but clad in a white dress because" she was now a nurse.
According to the 50-year-old, becoming a nurse was always her dream, but she never thought it would become a reality.
Briefly.co.za learned she said she faced many challenges, but she never gave up on her dream. So, three-years ago she enrolled at the college. Sotyantsi said she had to constantly remind herself she can do it.
"I used to watch the nurses in the wards and I wished that was me. Now it is me. I am very proud of myself and I am grateful to my family for all their support," she said.
Despite always wanting to be a nurse Sotyantsi took her job as a cleaner very serious. The newly qualified nurse said it was up to them to keep the hospital clean, which helped with infection control.
According to Provincial health spokesman Lwandile Sicwetsha, the department was proud of their new graduates.
Sicwetsha said the new nurses would help with the shortage in the health industry.
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