- 62-year-old Noluthando Tibini has been a nurse for 38 years
- She is known for her dedication and compassion
- Tibini is in the running to win a top award at the Cecilia Makiwane Nurses’ Recognition Awards
A 62-year-old nurse in the Cape Flats, Cape Town, has been recognised for her dedication and long service that spans a whopping 38 years.
Staff at the Ruyterwacht Community Day Centre have nominated Noluthando Tibini for a top Western Cape provincial nursing award, Daily Voice reports.
This means Tibini could win big at the upcoming Cecilia Makiwane Nurses’ Recognition Awards, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Tibini lost both of her parents at a young age and an aunt raised her. She matriculated at Langa High School in 1976. It wasn't until three years later that she enrolled at a nursing college.
Once she graduated, she worked at several health centres in the Cape Town area for over three decades. Amazingly, she was due to retire last week but has extended her service.
Ruyterwacht Community Day Centre's manager, Liesl-Rose Benjamin, praised Tibini's compassionate approach. She added:
I have never seen her lose her temper and she has a unique way of handling things.
In fact, patients now affectionately refer to Tibini as the “Florence Nightingale of Ruyterwacht.”
Tibini has two sons and three grandchildren. She will face off with 11 other competitors for the award, but said it's an honour to be simply nominated:
I believe in looking after patients holistically and when I speak to my patients, I see that while they are sick, there is a story around that sickness, so I try my best to help them.
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