Celebrating the role of nurses

Robin Trust manager Corlea Viljoen and Sister Pastor Panny Shomang light a lantern symbolising the comfort that nurses offer to their patients.

The Robin Trust, a Pinelands non-profit organisation that cares for the elderly, celebrated International Nurses Day last Thursday.

About 30 people, including nurses and management, attended the event and the Robin Trust’s choir performed for the staff.

“It is good to see the nurses and appreciate their work because, without them, we would not be anywhere,” said the organisation’s manager, Corlea Viljoen.

The Nurses’ Pledge was read by Sister Ina Breytenbach, and Sister Pastor Panny Shomang read a prayer.

Sister Breytenbach has been a nurse for 45 years, the past four spent at Robin Trust. “I worked in all parts of nursing, from administration to theatre, to wards, and now, close to retirement, I can work at Robin Trust to help the elderly to comfort them and their families,” she said

Sister Nokubonga Ngcobo, who has been at Robin Trust since 2018, said: “This is our special day; we deserved to be celebrated after all the hard work that was done during Covid-19, and we continue to do the best in health care.”

International Nurses Day, on May 12, has been held annually since 1965. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born on that day in 1820.

The Robin Trust’s choir sings for staff.
Sister Ina Breytenbach reads the Nurses’ Pledge.
Sister Nelrina Steyn and Sister Nokubonga Ngcobo